Whether on pleasure yachts or cargo ships, assisted and autonomous navigation through Artificial intelligence (IA) is helping captains prepare to watch sunsets or simply reach their destination without a scratch.
At the CES technology show in Las Vegas, manufacturers in the marine industry are placing great emphasis on artificial intelligence technologies for multi-purpose vessels.
“In the water, when there is wind, currents, some waves, the boat does not stay in place, you always have to compensate,” says Johan Inden, president of the marine division of the Swedish company Volvo Penta, which offers prototypes capable of parking. boats by pressing a button or with assisted systems.
The American company Brunswick has launched a prototype that offers the best trajectory to enter a port or find space to dock without human intervention.
Avikus, of Hyundaiseeks to maximize the pleasure of sailing with a system that positions the boat ideally for sunbathing, or finds the best point to see the sunset on time.
The goal, according to Carl Johansson, is to provide fuel economy, safety and “peace of mind”.
HD Hyundai, which revealed a project that collects navigation data at CES, claims its software is capable of slowing down a ship if its destination port is congested.
Although a scenario where boats sail without crew is still elusive, many tools can provide valuable information on routes, weather conditions, or machine status and maintenance.
The growing encouragement of autonomous navigation has recently helped the International Maritime Organization (IMO) work on standard setting, says Rudy Negenborn of Delft University in the Netherlands.
It is still prohibited to operate autonomous boats in international waters and no new regulations are expected arrive before 2028.
In any case, “there will always be a human somewhere,” says Negenborn. He is a sailor monitoring from a computer or a shore supervisor managing numerous vessels.
Ukraine, crossed by war, at the fair
In addition, a dozen Ukrainian start-ups presented their innovations on Friday at CES, the annual consumer electronics gathering in Las Vegas, betting on their country’s technological development despite the Russian invasion.
The group was welcomed at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which takes place from January 5 to 8 in this city in the western United States, while Russian companies were not admitted due to the Moscow offensive about kyiv, which has been going on for almost a year now.
Before the war, Ukraine was a promising technology hotbed, but the conflict forced Ukrainian entrepreneurs to rethink their business plans.
“We are trying to save the startup ecosystem, to make it grow even during the war,” said Karyna Kudriavtseva, project manager at the Ukrainian start-up fund, which sent the entrepreneurs to CES.
Kudriavtseva told AFP that the fund emphasized the military technologynot all proposals revolve around war.
One of them is Nanit, a small company that teaches electronics and computer coding skills much needed for jobs in the technology sector.
Nanit CEO Vladyslav Konovets said the initial idea was to focus on children. But missile attacks have made it impossible to teach children locally.
While developing educational toys, Nanit has been teaching programming to soldiers on the front lines. Konovets said this may help them find work after the war is over.
Several of the Ukrainian start-ups in the CES is committed to caring for the environment.
Releaf Paper boasted of being the first producer of bags, drink trays, fruit boxes and other paper items made from fallen leaves. The samples on display were indistinguishable from paper products made from trees.
Releaf Paper chief executive Alexander Sobolenko said the war forced them to become more efficient and look for markets outside Ukraine, and he announced plans to build its first production plant in Europe this year.
Startup Rekava does not collect fallen leaves, but does collect coffee grounds, which it then turns into cups with lids and containers, all of which are easily biodegradable.
Since the war began, Rekava has also been making scented candles, with fragrances dedicated to Ukrainian cities.
Lviv candles are scented with coffee, given the love of coffee there, said Rekava’s commercial director Nazar Trokhymchuk. Crimean candles smelled of grapes.
Startup Corner, meanwhile, lets you do kitchen remodel designs online, then custom builds them out of reclaimed wood at prices of just a fraction of new cabinets, according to product director Julia Holovko.