Communicating Towed unit (Trailer) Vehicle Identification Number(s) (VIN) to the Powered Unit

Award Information
Agency: Department of Transportation
Branch: N/A
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10045
Agency Tracking Number: DTRT57-13-C-10045
Amount: $600,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: 121FM1
Solicitation Number: DTRT5712RSBIR1
Small Business Information
Intelligent Automation
15400 Calhoun Dr., suite 400, Rockville, MD, 20855-
DUNS: 161911532
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: Y
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Xiaoliang (George) Zhao
 Program Manager
 (301) 294-5232
 xzhao@i-a-i.com
Business Contact
 Mark James
Title: Director, Contracts & Proposals
Phone: (301) 294-5216
Email: mjames@i-a-i.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Usually the lifetime of a trailer is much longer than tractors; tractors must work with a variety types and ages of trailers over the course of their use. In many scenarios (e.g., roadside inspection, border crossing, smart parking, connected vehicle initiative, etc.), it is necessary to identify trailer(s)' VIN(s) and know their sequences attached to the powered unit. An automated trailer VIN identification and sequencing system is proposed here, with the capability of identifying trailers' VINs and sorting their sequence without drivers/operators involved. The system is extremely low-cost and easily deployable in large scale. Advanced version of the system can interface with trailer sensors to improve the safety and productivity of the fleets. The proposed system has been tested for feasibility on a real tractor and trailer combination vehicle in Phase I. In Phase II, the system will be further refined and improved for its functions and tested in vehicle operational environment and more complicated scenarios and tractor-trailer configurations.

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