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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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Evaluating Fatigue in Individual Drivers 

DAISY systemAgency: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Company: Pulsar Informatics, Inc.
Project: Advanced Fatigue Modeling for Individual Differences

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

DAISY systemAgency: Federal Highway Administration
Company: Soar Technology, Inc.
Product: Drivers Assistant for Intelligent SafetY (DAISY)

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

Tool, Inc. prototype seat belt retractorAgency: National Highway Traffic Safety
Company: Tool, Inc.
Product: Device to Address the Competing Needs of Ensuring Lockability of Seat Belts and Mitigating Entrapment Risk in Misuse Conditions

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

The GS Engineering, Inc. Locomotive Access SystemAgency: Federal Railroad Administration  
Company: GS Engineering, Inc.
Product: Easy Access to 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

FCI infrared technology bridge inspectionAgency: Federal Highway Administration  
Company: Fuchs Consulting, Inc.
Product: ThermalStare Innovative Infrared Systems

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.

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About SBIR

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.

Last updated: Monday, June 28, 2021