Robust Machine Executable Collision Regulations at Sea - collision avoidance for unmanned ships

    Project Details

    Key findings

    MAXCMAS : Significant achievements.

    Quote from Rolls Royce Future Technologies group :
    “Successfully adapted a commercial-specification bridge simulator as a test bed for autonomous navigation that can…
    - Flex to multiple vessel types in any conditions and any corner of the world
    - Partake in distributed exercises with other crewed bridge simulators for immersive human-in-the-loop testing”

    As far as we can ascertain this is the first in the world of attempting this type of integration for an autonomous vessel. This has been achieved without modifying simulation software meaning the interface could be placed on a live platform without further changes.

    Validated autonomous seafarer-like collision avoidance in likely real-world scenarios, using professional instructors as they would assess the human.

    Demonstrated COLREGs compliant behaviour beyond the state-of-the-art such as handling….
    - In-extremis behaviour (i.e. requiring rule deviation)
    - Conflicting responsibilities between multiple vessels
    - Nuances e.g. special vessel status, limited visibility, separation schemes.
    Effective start/end date3/08/1529/09/17


    • Innovate UK

    UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
    • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
    • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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