• Maritime Robotics

Collaborative Surveys with SafeCOP

SafeCOP (Safe Cooperating Cyber-Physical Systems using Wireless Communication)

We believe that the future is autonomous. In order for autonomous vehicles to reach their full potential they must work together. A single vehicle cannot achieve what a team of systems can achieve. Therefore, a core part of our research & development focuses on creating systems that can cooperate and share information. In doing so, it ensures safe operations with multiple systems, and safe communication of information between systems. At the same time, we benefit from the potential of deploying our small USVs, which can extend the scope of possibility and reach more elusive survey locations.

In the interest of improving the safety of our own systems and similar autonomous systems, we have been involved in the SafeCOP EU project. The project focus is on producing an approach to the safety assurance of cyber-physical systems-of-systems, whose safe cooperation is dependent on wireless communication. Maritime Robotics, SINTEF, DNV-GL and Tekever are consortium partners to the SafeCOP project and as such have completed several use cases. In May 2019, we demonstrated one such use case through experiments in the Trondheimsfjord. The below video gives an overview of these demonstrations.

This research has been funded in part by ECSEL Joint Undertaking.