Your challenge: How can marine geospatial data support the safe navigation of commercial autonomous ships?
The possibility of partially or fully autonomous ships promises to be nothing short of transformative for the maritime industry. By 2030, we estimate the global autonomous shipping sector to be worth a staggering £111 billion and employ over 554,000 people.
As the sector grows, these ships will need to travel safely between ports, react to dynamic situations and operate differently when entering locations such as Marine Protected Areas and MARPOL boundaries.
Whilst sense and avoid technologies can support some of these tasks, these ships will need accurate and compliant navigational data to travel safely. However, today’s navigation products and services are not designed for use by autonomous technology, with mariners using experience, training and what they see out of the window to safely interpret and use a nautical chart.
Your challenge is to identify, trial and prove how navigational data can be used to support the safe navigation of Marine Autonomous Surface Ships.
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Entrants will get access to world leading ADMIRALTY data and UKHO expertise
What you'll receive
As providers of world-leading, official and compliant navigation products, the UK Hydrographic Office will provide a range of data to entrants to help you develop your solution.
Participants will also get the chance to work with leading experts in research, design and development at the UK Hydrographic Office throughout the challenge.
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The winner will receive hands-on support and marine geospatial information from the UKHO (estimated to be worth £75,000) to develop an alpha product to test in the market. They will also be offered a seat at the IoT Tribe Space Endeavour Accelerator, estimated to be worth £100,000.
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