Invasive species and noxious weeds can destroy entire ecosystems, stemming from something as seemingly innocuous as a seed latching to the bottom of a dump truck. Through the SBIR Program, S-K Environmental developed a novel solution for construction sites that has a 97 percent success rate.
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April 25, 2016
Spatial disorientation is a factor in roughly 10 percent of loss-of-control events, which are the leading cause of fatal accidents in commercial aircraft. FAA provided funding through the SBIR program to develop technology that could be used with existing simulation equipment to train pilots to recognize and react to spatial disorientation in flight.
February 18, 2016
Historically, managing the health of pipelines was mostly reactive; only physical appearances, like major deformations and stresses, provided hints to potential fractures or warping. However, sensors developed with SBIR funding can now reveal pipeline stressors before they are visible, and before they cause damage.
January 19, 2016
One of the ways the U.S. Department of Transportation serves the American public is by working with small businesses to find new ways to improve our nation’s roadways. In 2009, the Small Business Innovation Research program solicited research on a topic sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration: to develop a new pavement that could generate power and transfer it to the power grid.
January 7, 2016
Eventually, self-driving vehicles will reshape the way we live in, and move through, our communities and cities. In his talk at Volpe, Director of Google's Self-Driving Car Program Chris Urmson shared stories and lessons, along with Google’s vision for how these vehicles will become a reality.
January 6, 2016
Anthony Townsend, senior research scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center, discussed the signals of our increasingly programmable world and examined mobility in an age of programmability, indentifying four broad scenarios for America’s transportation future.
January 6, 2016
Earth-shattering innovations rarely happen in a vacuum. From Sputnik to Apollo 11, the Model T to self-driving cars, every transportation technology that challenged us to rethink mobility rose out of entire teams of engineers and designers who bucked convention. Ken Gabriel, president and CEO of Draper, discusses what it takes to be innovative.
December 15, 2015
In his talk for Volpe's speaker series Reimagining Transportation, Harry Lightsey, executive director of the Global Connected Customer Experience for General Motors, identified four foundational changes happening in the auto industry that are connecting vehicles to each other, to infrastructure, and to us—the drivers and passengers.
December 11, 2015
John Heywood, who spoke as part of Volpe’s Reimagining Transportation series, identifies three themes for transportation professionals working on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
December 9, 2015
With the growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities in mind, the Federal Highway Administration, through U.S. DOT's Small Business Innovation Research program, awarded a contract to develop a traffic signal interface app for smartphones called SmartCross.