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Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System

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Department of Transportation
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2013 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Advanced Technology & Research Corp.
6650 Eli Whitney Drive, Suite 400 Columbia, MD 21046-1701
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2013
Title: Low Ground Clearance Vehicle Detection and Warning System
Agency: DOT
Contract: DTRT57-13-C-10042
Award Amount: $149,926.22


Highway-rail crossing, at which there is an unusually abrupt change in the level of the road's surface as it crosses the tracks, pose a risk of low ground clearance vehicles becoming stuck on the tracks. Advanced Technology and Research Corporation (ATR) proposes to develop an active detection and advance warning system. The system has three major functional componenets: measurement, decision, and warning. An integrated sensor system will be developed to classify the vehicle and measure the required physical parameters including a profile of the underbody of the vehicle and its approaching speed. The identified vehicle type and physical parameter measurements will be inputs to a decision algorithm to reach a go/no-go decision. If the margin is less than a safe-to-cross threshold value, then a no-go decision is issued and an advance warning system will advise the vehicle driver to stop with a sufficient distance before the crossing and to take a safe detour.

Principal Investigator:

Tom Zhao
VP, Robotics & Control System
(443) 766-7978

Business Contact:

Eric Rees
(443) 766-7860
Small Business Information at Submission:

Advanced Technology and Research Corp.
6650 Eli Whiney Dr. ste. 400 Columbia, MD 21046-

EIN/Tax ID: 520977059
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No