Reliable safety assurance
The developed system has been implemented and demonstrated on the Bastø Fosen ferry Bastø 6. Combining various inputs, including camera, radar and AIS, the ship forms its own situational awareness, presented to navigators on the bridge. The solution automates the AI rationalisation, and response to, radar and camera capabilities for positioning and collision avoidance, including in reduced visibility conditions.
The aim is to extend the project to enable the development of this capability into independent perception systems, as well as the development of an optimized human-machine interface empowering crew in the loop to make correct and timely interventions.
Ultimately the project will develop a suitable assurance framework with related tool-set that is able to handle the complexity of such systems, document system safety performance and provide all stakeholders with the necessary trust to enable the system to be put into commercial operation. This is essential to justify confidence in the system.
DNV believes the project will improve the research partners’ position in a competitive market and will bring wider benefits to the Norwegian maritime industry in its entirety, consolidating its position as the world’s most technologically advanced maritime nation.
In addition, DNV believes the developed technology and assurance framework will have significant impact on the maritime industry as a whole, acting as a stepping stone towards more comprehensive use of autonomy by providing the basic tools and processes necessary to enable safe implementation.
The results of this project will also contribute to nurturing and maturing of the regulatory development process needed for wide-scale implementation.