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USV virtual testing platform launched in Russia

Russian developers have launched a new platform to allow for testing of navigation systems used by unmanned surface vessels in a virtual environment, managed by the MariNet working group from the country’s National Technological Initiative (NTI).

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The platform is intended for use as a commercial application and integrates a number of different simulation models, MariNet says, taking into account vessel manoeuvrability, behaviour and interaction with entities such as VTS and other ships.

The simulation project is one of a range of Russian initiatives focused on unmanned surface marine vessels (USVs) or drones. Victor Olersky, deputy transport minister and head of the Federal Agency for Sea and River Transport, has already called for utilisation of USVs for depth measurement and navigation situation monitoring in ongoing electronic navigational chart development in the country.

The MariNet working group itself is focused on the development of unmanned surface marine vessels and related services, financially supported by the federal government through the National Technological Initiative, with a range of projects related to autonomous / unmanned surface marine vessel technology already underway.{/mprestriction}

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