Unmanned vessel test completed in Tokyo bay

A large-scale proof of concept (PoC) unmanned vessel test for the ‘ROBOSHIP Joint Value Creation Project’ has been successfully completed in the waters off Toyosu in Tokyo.

The project, headed up by e5 Lab and involving another 22 corporations across various industries, as well as classification society ClassNK, was testing the use of high-speed offshore communication technology to remotely control and operate unmanned vessels.

The group commenced work in October of this year and will run a series of tests on different ‘themes’ related to autonomous vessel development.

This first test covering telecommunications will be followed in the future by other tests covering areas such as energy and the environment, and the use of artificial intelligence and remote/autonomous technologies.

A video with footage from the Tokyo tests has been created by the project partners, and can be viewed here:

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