KR and LISCR approve Avikus autonomous navigation system

The Korean Register (KR) and Liberian Registry (LISCR) have awarded an Approval in Principle (AiP) to Avikus, a subsidiary of Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI), for its Hyundai Intelligent Navigation Assistant System (HiNAS 2.0).

The system uses augmented reality (AR) to enable a ship to navigate optimal routes at the ideal speed, avoiding collisions by using artificial intelligence (AI) to analyse data collected from sensors attached to the vessel.

To overcome the limitations in existing rules for examining new autonomous navigation systems, KR, HHI, Avikus and LISCR signed a joint development agreement in August 2022 to collaborate on bringing HiNAS 2.0 to market. KR and LISCR have now each confirmed the system’s safety and feasibility, having reviewed classification rules, as well as domestic and international standards, and issued an AiP.

“The outcome of this joint development research is quite meaningful because it is the first achievement through the collaboration of a shipyard, an autonomous navigation solution development company, a classification society and a ship registry,” said Lim Dohyeong, Avikus CEO.

“It proves that an autonomous navigation system can be installed on a ship and operated stably. We believe HiNAS 2.0 will drastically improve the safety and economic feasibility of ships, accelerating the commercialisation of autonomous navigation technology.”

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