Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) teamed up with KT Corporation to sail a pleasure ship through a tight and winding canal in South Korea to demonstrate its fully autonomous navigation system. It brings numerous technologies in development that the shipbuilder hopes to market as soon as next year.
Hyundai's Avikus business unit, which was created at the end of 2020 and focuses on autonomous navigation systems, wants to launch the world's first transoceanic voyage of a large commerce ship using autonomous navigation technologies. Two systems in development by HHI and Avikus were used in the demonstration.
The ship was furnished with much Avikus-developed technology.
According to the firms, the vessel was able to detect and steer around obstructions and other unforeseen scenarios by combining LiDAR and unique cameras.
The demonstration took place along the six-mile-long Pohang Canal, roughly 200 miles southeast of Seoul, on a 12-seat pleasure ship. According to the companies, The canal was chosen because of its meandering channel, the narrow width of 30 feet, and reputation for being packed and busy. The craft was controlled from a control Centre in the Seoul suburbs using KT's 5G network.
The Hyundai Intelligent Navigation Assistant System (HiNAS) uses augmented reality to automatically recognize objects in the vicinity of the vessel and its trajectory, alerting the driver to the possibility of a collision (AR). When berthing, the Hyundai Intelligent Berthing Assistant System (HiBAS) allows you to see the whole ship.
The vessels autonomous operations are managed using special cameras and LiDAR. It will be feasible to manage harsh weather conditions, high currents, and the unexpected arrival of minor barriers, such as fishing boats.
Avikus intends to continue its research and development efforts in autonomous navigation technology, with the goal of expanding its applicability to all types of ships.