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


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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.
 
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  1. Food Desert Public Transportation Options

    Can we propose in the solution(s), changes in the existing methods, routes, and equipment for public transportation as part of the technology and operational approach to addressing it?

    2 votes

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  2. Defining the Conflict Zones

    The current videos from cameras do not depict an area for analysis (some type of marker) to identify the "Conflict Zone" under AI inspection. Is it implied that a method will be included in the implementation design to provide this information, or will that be provided in some manner by the local DOT?

    2 votes

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  3. 20 Percent False Positive

    The draft solicitation states "If the prototype deems successful in logging and classifying dilemma-zone-related trajectory conflicts at less than 20 percent false positive rate..." It would be helpful if a definition could be provided for what constitutes a false positive. For example, is it considered a false positive if an algorithm identifies a trajectory conflict between two vehicles, but the conflict is averted because one of the vehicles turns?

    2 votes

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  4. Sensor accuracy and lifespan

    What is the desired truck weight measurement accuracy?
    How many years will the bridge load posting enforcement system be used after installation?

    2 votes

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  5. Who will evaluate the bridge load rating

    Will the bridge owner provide the bridge load rating as an input parameter for the enforcement system?

    2 votes

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  6. Available WIM systems and how to define low cost

    As we know there are available WIM based bridge load enforcement system. What is the reason that DoT does not use the current available ones, for the high cost? How much per system cost is defined as low cost for DoT?

    2 votes

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  7. 1 vote

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  11. 1 vote

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  12. 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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  13. 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.

    1 vote

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  14. 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.

    1 vote

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  15. 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.

    1 vote

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  16. 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..)

    1 vote

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  17. 1 vote

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  18. 1 vote

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  19. 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.

    1 vote

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  20. Camera Assumptions

    What can the offerors assume regarding the functionality, type(s) and specification(s) of the deployed cameras? (e.g., minimum and maximum framerate, resolution, and field of view).

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