He traveled independently on a ferry in Japan

A ship called Soleil traveled 240 miles.

A Mitsubishi Heavy Industries announcedthat after half a year of testing, for the first time, a ferry ran completely independently in Japan. The world premiere was announced by Mitsubishi Shipbuilding and the shipping company Shin Nihonkai Ferry, which organized the “sharp” voyage. The starting point for Soleil’s journey was Shinmoji on the island of Kyushu. The ship sailed for seven hours and covered 240 kilometers, reached an average speed of 26 knots, and carried out both out of port and mooring autonomously.

The ferry is 222 meters long and is equipped with a number of infrared cameras to detect accidents and other obstacles in the area to avoid accidents. Soleil’s sophisticated system is responsible for navigation and handles the data delivered by the cameras, the navigation system and the engine control solution. The development also includes a module for information and communication.

The ferry was already operational on July 1 last year, but in the first months the crew was even on board. Over time, so much data has been collected that it has been possible to develop a fully self-contained navigation system. Predicting possible errors proved to be the most difficult task. This is why intensive development and testing of the engine operation monitoring system was needed.

The Smart Coastal Ferry project is part of the Meguri 2040 initiative launched in 2020 to create autonomous navigation solutions. By doing so, professionals want to make sailing safer in the long run. Tests related to the Meguri 2040 will continue until March.

Naoki Ueda, head of Mitsubishi Shipbuilding, highlighted that the demonstration has significantly accelerated the development of fully autonomous marine navigation systems. These solutions already use many advanced technologies, including artificial intelligence. They want to continue to develop technologies in the future and use the valuable experience gained to provide a safe and quality service for passenger ferries. These vessels play an important role in supporting maritime transport in the island nation.

Source: SG.hu Hírmagazin – IT/Tech by sg.hu.

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