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After completing initial demonstrations of its autonomous capabilities, a new unmanned surface vehicle (USV) has been unveiled, The 8.2 m-long Proteus 2.0 USV manufactured by Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) is outfitted with Sea Machines Robotics’ SM300 autonomy system.
For the demonstration, the USV was equipped with commercial perception sensors, including GPS, an automatic identification system, a depth transducer, a radar and a camera enabling a 360˚ field of view. HII deployed a separate dive boat during the demonstration to illustrate SM300 system’s off-the-shelf solution including its obstacle avoidance capability and adherence to the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS).
Integrated with existing vessel systems and sensors to manage pre-planned and dynamically charted missions, SM300 is a vessel intelligence system providing ‘operator-in-the loop’ autonomous command and control, as well as direct remote-control operation via a wireless belt pack. The system can be outfitted to ocean capable vessels to enable scalable autonomy, from remotely controlled to fully autonomous vessel operations.
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