DSME successfully tests an autonomous driving system for ships



DSME’s autonomous navigation test vessel, called DAN-V or DSME Autonomous Navigation Vessel (DSME)

South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering announced on Tuesday that it has successfully completed the trial of its autonomous ship navigation system.

DSME last week conducted a two-day test of its test vessel, called DAN-V, equipped with its own autonomous navigation system near Jebu Island in Hwaseong City, Gyeonggi Province.

The shipbuilder has prepared for the future autonomous cruise ship market by signing a memorandum of understanding with the Gyeonggi Free Economic Zone Authority, Siheung Local Government and Seoul National University to develop and demonstrate autonomous navigation technology.

Autonomous ships are seen as the next game changer in the shipping industry, according to DSME.

In response, domestic shipbuilders have continuously worked to develop this technology, but have yet to test the waters with real vessels equipped with the autonomous navigation system.

DAN-V, built with a mechanism similar to a large ship, is able to collect marine navigation data that can be collected by a large ship, which makes it capable of checking whether the auto-cruise system can be used for commercial tankers or not.

During last week’s demonstration process, the ship passed various tests such as starting and stopping the engine after receiving an order from the control tower, navigating according to the planned route, collision avoidance and returning to the route once an obstacle has disappeared.

“The test was successful and we also obtained Level 3 self-contained boating classification from Lloyds Register. Next year, we will test the auto-cruise system on a commercial ship and achieve level 4 by 2024,” a DSME official said.

By Hong Yoo (yoohong@heraldcorp.com)

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