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Marine – Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs)

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Unmanned Surface Vessels

The demand for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USV) is growing rapidly as labour costs rise and the economics of operating a vessel without a crew becomes a more compelling proposition.

USVs will need to comply with high safety standards to operate safely in crowded waterways around the globe. They will have to undertake all the stages of a journey autonomously, including leaving port, transit, entering a harbour, transit along a waterway, entering a lock and finally mooring alongside a quay.

Autonomous vessels require a high degree of perception similar to that provided in autonomous cars. Multiple sensors will be required to enable safe navigation of the vessel and LiDAR scanners are key to autonomous operation.

LiDAR is increasing being utilised for perception, object detection and collision avoidance, as demonstrated in other land based industries, and will become essential in the development of Unmanned Surface Vehicles. Applications for USVs include hydrographic and oceanographic surveys in coastal waters, autonomous river barges, automated ferries, workboats and patrol boats.

Mapix technologies are able to provide the full range of LiDAR sensors from both Velodyne  and LeddarTech.

Improve safety through object detection and collision avoidance

LiDAR can provide real time object detection to help prevent collisions on the water. LiDAR scanners work in any light conditions and have the ability to detect smaller objects and in greater detail than Radar.

Main applications

  • Object detection and collision avoidance
  • Mooring
  • Dynamic positioning

Suitable Products

Velodyne Puck (VLP-16)
Velodyne Ultra Puck (VLP-32)
LeddarTech M16-Laser
LeddarTech M16-LED
LeddarTech Vu8

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