U.S. DOT FY 2022 Phase I Pre-Solicitation Q&A


* * * 2/2/22 Update: The Pre-solicitation is now closed. Topic questions are no longer being accepted. * * *


This U.S. DOT Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Pre-solicitation Q&A Forum provides small businesses an opportunity to submit clarifying questions on the topics published in the U.S. DOT Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Phase I Pre-Solicitation. Questions will be answered by the Technical Experts/Topic Authors at the U.S. DOT Operating Administrations during this period. Questions shall be limited to improving the understanding of a particular topic's requirements and should not share proposal ideas nor proprietary information.
 
The U.S. DOT’s FY 2022 Pre-Solicitation period is January 5, 2022 through February 2, 2022 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time (ET). Only questions posted within this period will be responded to.

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  6. Will there be a difference between a capacity building phase and a full implementation phase?

    Will there be a difference between a capacity building phase and a full implementation phase? Are you all looking for research projects that simply identity the capability to implement the proposed project or are you looking for evidence that they project can me implemented (ready to go on day one of implementation)?

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  7. Price Elasticity for fines issued by Speed cameras

    Finding payment propensity via AI/ML could help disincentivize speeding while preventing lower-income motorists from spiraling into a debt trap. Motorists from all over the US travel our roadways and creating a system to target the appropriate fine levels based on sociodemographic and larger economic factors or trends could help the department meet its goals of safety and protect our motorists from excessive fines and fees. Local governments have struggled with fines and fees and a large scale speed camera program needs to have fiscal equity, sustainability, and fairness.

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  8. Scope of Trajectory Conflicts

    On the topic of identifying and predicting trajectory conflicts, should we restrict our focus to only conflicts resulting from vehicles caught in the dilemma zone, or are we to consider all conflicts occurring within 75 ft of the intersection stop bars? e.g. are conflicts arising from left turns within the scope of the SBIR?

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  9. Metrics of Success

    There are two main points of study in the pre-solicitation: identifying trajectory conflicts, and identifying when a vehicle is in the dilemma zone.

    In the pre-solicitation notice, it mentions a success metric of less than 20 percent false-positive rate for trajectory conflicts. Is there a similar metric of success when determining whether a car is in the dilemma zone? If not, should we provide a metric based upon our particular approach, and include reasoning about the application of the metric?

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  10. Defining Dilemma Zone

    In the pre-solicitation notice, the dilemma zone is “measured in traveling time/distance range to the intersection stop bar, within which about 90 percent of drivers will decide to brake whereas 10 percent of drivers will decide to accelerate at the time of phase change …”.

    A question had been previously asked on this forum, pertaining to the definition of dilemma zones, and the response defined the zone for each car individually, based on their individual speeds; a car is in the dilemma zone when they will reach the intersection stop bar in about 2.5s - 5.5s.

    The overall goal, as…

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  11. Consideration of Signal Phase and Timing Control

    The SBIR is specific for signal controlled intersections, as that is where the dilemma zone occurs. But how much, if any, consideration should be given to methods adapting signal timing based upon the results? For example, if the system predicts which vehicles will be in the dilemma zone, should it also suggest signal timing to minimize the number of vehicles that will be in the dilemma zone?

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  12. Segmentation of Solutions for Bus Collisions

    Is there an interest in the desired prototypes to research solutions for different multi-modal environments and roadway variables. e.g. 2 way, 4 lane local boulevard, vs, express lane bus traffic at higher speeds and no intersections.

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  13. Is it possible to utilize nanomaterials as a mechanism for detection and monitoring?

    We have an expertise in utilizing nanomaterials to detect and monitor damage/leaks and would like to use this as part of the project.

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  14. Bus Collision Speeds Causing POV Fatalities

    Is data available in the reporting of fatalities that shows speed of the bus at impact, braking system on the bus and any other dynamics of the bus for the research (Type, model, weight, load at impact, maintenance, etc..)

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  15. Food Transport to the Desert

    Are there any transit cost guidelines for connecting individuals and families to non-desert areas? Can we prose multiple methods of transit (not just public transit) to examine solutions?

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  16. Distribution of Healthy Food

    Are all options open to research more than one method for connecting people to healthy food? Inclusive of creative ways to approach using smart supply chain methods and new outlets?

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  17. Food Desert Solution Criteria

    Can you describe what qualifies as progress during phase 2 of the pilot. Is it a level 1 success when X amount of people reach the non-desert (Healthy Food Available) area from a population of Y? Once in the non-desert what level of healthy food purchase indicates progress, or is that a relative level to the person we should be measuring?

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  20. Non-embedded sensor acceptable?

    Would a non-embedded sensor be acceptable for this solicitation? If the concrete has cured enough that it can be driven over, a non-contact sensor could be placed on the back of or under a vehicle and data collected, likely when the vehicle is traveling at normal driving speeds.

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