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SBIR Phase I: Secure Motor Carrier Safety Data Information Exchange Using Blockchain

Project Goal:

Determine the feasibility of a system that uses blockchain technology to create a secure transaction platform with a distributed ledger.


FMCSA has the need to exchange information in a secure environment among motor carriers, inspection facilities, and Federal and State Government facilities. For example, FMCSA and its State partners record inspections, crashes, and insurance status (for-hire carriers). FMCSA electronically collects and exchanges safety performance and credentials information with States, Federal agencies, and motor carriers. FMCSA also enables online solutions for motor carrier companies to apply for, review, and pay registration fees and file fuel taxes with States.


Information will be logged on a distributed ledger, which is used for establishing validity of the message, as well as for auditing purpose. This information is envisioned to be a record of all the actions and transactions that a motor carrier has with FMCSA and States to maintain an active USDOT number, which is required to operate commercial motor vehicles in interstate commerce. The system must be cost-effective and comply with information security requirements of confidentiality, integrity, privacy, and security. Ideally, FMCSA will use this technology to have real-time, reliable data available to all States. The benefits of this system should result in improved data quality, increased timeliness, and reduced cost.


Final Briefing




November 2019: Kickoff Meeting


April 2020: Final Briefing



FY19 Funded: $150,000.00


Project Manager:

Terri Hallquist



Physical Optics Corporation