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Marine – Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs)

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LiDAR sensors for Unmanned Surface Vessels (USVs)

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 need to undertake all the stages of a journey autonomously including leaving port, transit through a waterway, entering a harbour or lock and mooring alongside a quay.

Autonomous vessels require a high degree of perception similar to that 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 utilised for perception, object detection and collision avoidance. Applications for USVs include hydrographic and oceanographic surveys in coastal waters, autonomous river barges, automated ferries, workboats and patrol boats.

Mapix technologies can provide LiDAR sensors from both Velodyne  and LeddarTech.

Improve safety using LiDAR

LiDAR sensors 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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