Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) said that through the test run Sunday off the southern island of Goje, the shipbuilder successfully verified its autonomous driving technology, which allows ships to avoid obstacles around them while navigating the optimal shipping route by themselves, as well as remote operation technology, which controls vessels from a distance.
If direct control is needed, the control center in the central city of Daejeon operated the test vessel in real-time through a 5G network. The test vessel was equipped with Lidar, a laser-based environment detecting system, and a cloud-based IoT solution. Five high-performance cameras can check the location of obstacles and surrounding images.
"It means a lot as we have secured an optimal research environment for the advancement of autonomous sailing technology through the combination of SHI's remote and autonomous operation system with SK Telecom's ultra-fast 5G communication technology," SHI's research institute head Shim Yong-rae said in a statement.
SHI has partnered with DNV GL, an international accredited registrar and classification society headquartered in Norway, to develop smart ship technology.
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