Startup company Sea Machines developing self-driving technology for which can be added to traditional boats

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Boston-based startup Sea Machines is developing autonomous technologies that will enable traditional boats to become self-driving vessels. 

The company says its development heralds a smarter, safer and more efficient era of marine operations brought forward through self-aware and self-driving boats and ships.

With autonomy readily making its way into many traditional land-based and airborne sectors, the massive marine domain is even better suited for autonomous systems with fewer barriers to entry, a high risk operating environment, and an accommodating regulatory space.

More than 20 million vessels are plying the world’s waters including 15 million recreational boats and 100,000 cargo ships; Sea Machines foresees autonomy disrupting this largely manual sector and rapidly developing into a $60 billion space.  Continue reading Startup company Sea Machines developing self-driving technology for which can be added to traditional boats

Liquid Robotics ocean robot swims 3,000 miles to protect fish in Hawaii

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Liquid Robotics says its Wave Glider ocean robot swam 2,808 nautical miles (5,200 km) to the Big Island of Hawaii after successfully completing a four-month patrol mission of the Pitcairn Island Marine Sanctuary.

This achievement represents a fundamental enabling capability for unmanned systems as it proves the feasibility and flexibility of autonomous mission deployment.

Using the Wave Glider platform, Liquid Robotics’ customers are able to deploy sensors in the most remote marine locations without sending a large ship for recovery.  Continue reading Liquid Robotics ocean robot swims 3,000 miles to protect fish in Hawaii

Robot submarines to be given live data link to satellites to help them navigate

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The UK is developing technology to connect robotic submarines to satellites to help them find their way around the world’s oceans.

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre (NOC) is to form part of the new Centres of Excellence in Satellite applications, which is expected to aid economic growth in the Solent region, the waters off the southern coast of the country, near Portsmouth.

As part of this new centre the NOC will develop the technologies to help robot-subs use live satellite data to inform their route through the ocean, not unlike drivers using live traffic updates. Continue reading Robot submarines to be given live data link to satellites to help them navigate

Autonomous Marine Systems raises $1.6m in latest funding round

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The AMS Datamaran could theoretically stay at sea for many years as it is both self-righting and solar-powered

Autonomous Marine Systems has raised $1.6 million in its latest funding round. The company says the investment will “allow us to deploy an additional $1.9 million in matching grants from the Commonwealth of Virginia that we won in 2015”.

The round included participation from the Clean Energy Venture Group, Fontinalis Partners, Industrial Investors Group, Signal Ventures, I2BF Global Ventures, Texas HALO Fund, and several angel investors.

“This is an all-star group of investors who know the maritime industry and share our vision for the company,” says AMS in its newsletter. “We’re thankful for all their support. The team is pumped and ready to go.”  Continue reading Autonomous Marine Systems raises $1.6m in latest funding round