K Line leads a joint project on AI-based navigation for autonomous ships – Digital Ship

Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha (K Line) has entered into a joint R&D agreement with Japan Radio (JRC) and YDK Technologies (YDK) to develop an integrated navigation aid system that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and other advanced technologies to help make safe maneuver decisions.

The agreement is part of the K Line Initiative to Accelerate the Implementation of Autonomous Ships.

The joint R&D project aims to develop a system that will prevent serious maritime accidents such as ship collisions and groundings and that will lead to autonomous vessel operations by combining the maneuvering knowledge and experience of K Line in the safe operation of ships for many years, JRC marine knowledge and equipment. development of advanced radio technology and YDK steering and propulsion control technology.

The objective is to develop a comprehensive system that will further improve the safety of ship operations by using the knowledge and technologies of the three partners in every process, from situational awareness by the sailor to control of the ship’s maneuvers, combined with the most advanced technologies provided. by Groke Technologies, Fujitsu and Forum8.

From April 2023, at-sea demonstrations will be conducted on various types of ships and routes, domestic and international, with the aim of large-scale commercial implementation in the future. K Line, JRC and YDK will continue to develop the system to further improve the safety of vessel operations by providing more advanced support and reducing the load on sailors and helping to implement autonomous vessels.

This R&D is part of K Line’s efforts to develop a crew assistance system for navigation and the engine. The aim is to prevent serious maritime accidents in congested waters, such as collisions and strandings, by providing safety information to the mariner and supporting his decision-making through this integrated navigation aid system which uses advanced technology.

K Line said it will continue to accelerate development to improve safety, transport quality and environmental performance, including basic technologies required for future autonomous vessels for cooperation with various partners.

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