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Robosys and MARIN sign cooperation agreement to test autonomous navigation software

Robosys Automation and the Netherlands Marine Research Institute have signed a cooperation agreement in a new initiative to further research and development of autonomous navigation software.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"} As part of the cooperation, Robosys has acquired MARIN’s Dolphin Simulation Software and MARIN has acquired Robosys’ Voyager 100 autonomous navigation software.

MARIN will establish a facility to measure compliance of autonomous navigation software within the IMO international collision regulations (COLREGS). In a scoring system yet to be finalised, the candidate test software is compared to the Voyager Series reference software supplied by Robosys.

The software testing will be carried out at the Maritime Operations division of MARIN. The object of the testing is to measure marine software claiming an Obstacle Avoidance capability and award it a compliance score. This will allow fast checking of the conformance efficiency of the software and compile a Comparison List of performance results. We believe that this will lead to improved safety of systems at sea and an important step towards practical regulation of the industry.

MARIN originally started testing Robosys autonomous navigation software on its Ship Simulator last year as part of the Netherlands Joint Industries Project culminating in North Sea Trials with three ships in March 2019.



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