SBIR Success Stories
U.S. DOT SBIR success stories highlight how SBIR program funding supports small businesses in developing new and innovative technologies that benefit the U.S. DOT and the public.
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Robotic Utility Mapper Reduces Costs, Improves Safety During Infrastructure Planning and Maintenance
Accurately locating buried utilities is critical to safe infrastructure planning and maintenance. Enter RUMI—the robot that maps utility lines—developed by Intelligent Automation, Inc. with help from U.S.DOT's SBIR program and FHWA...continue reading.
First-of-Its-Kind Hazard Alert System for Motorcyclists
With support from U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Charles River Analytics developed a first-of-its-kind app that uses data from riders, traffic reports, and weather forecasts to alert motorcyclists to such hazards as poor road, weather, and traffic conditions...continue reading.
Introducing Students to Careers in Intelligent Transportation Systems
Agency: Federal Highway Administration
Company: NanoSonic, Inc.
Project: STEM Education - Increasing Awareness about Intelligent Transportation Systems and Connected Vehicle Technologies for High School Students
With support from U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, NanoSonic Inc. worked with local middle school and high school STEM teachers in Giles County, Virginia, to develop 60+ STEM lesson plans and created a mobile game app and board game that engage students in ITS and connected vehicle concepts...continue reading.
Evaluating Fatigue in Individual Drivers
With support from U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Pulsar Informatics, Inc., developed a data analytics technology that uses existing streams of trucking data to evaluate driver fatigue and provide actionable feedback in near real-time...continue reading.
Supporting Safe Handoff between Human Drivers and Automated Driving Systems
With support from U.S. DOT’s SBIR program, Soar Technology, Inc., based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, developed a system that alerts drivers to their surroundings during the handoff between an automated driving system and a human driver...continue reading.
New Seat Belt Locking Mechanisms Aim to Improve Child Safety
With support from the U.S. DOT SBIR program and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Tool, Inc. designed and developed prototype seat belt retractor countermeasures aimed at reducing the risk of seat belt entrapment...continue reading.
A Safer Way to Access Freight Locomotives
With support from the U.S. DOT SBIR program and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), GS Engineering, Inc. developed and tested a system that makes accessing freight locomotives easier and safer for railroad engineers and workers...continue reading.
Detecting Damage in Structural Components with New Infrared Technologies
Fuchs Consulting, Inc. developed a suite of infrared-based technologies that assess the condition of paint coatings, image subsurface damage in concrete, and measure the level of stress in steel. These data are then used by customers to inform key decisions on maintenance and repairs...continue reading.
Volpe administers the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program for U.S. DOT and helps U.S. DOT’s operating administrations identify topics and solutions to some of our nation’s most pressing transportation challenges.
Through SBIR, Volpe has awarded more than $78 million in small business funding over the last 10 years on behalf of DOT’s eight participating operating administrations.