AI navigation tools help prevent collisions

Orca AI Orca AI’s artificial intelligence-backed navigation tools help prevent collisions. Credit: Orca AI
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A new company has launched which provides artificial intelligence-backed navigation tools for the maritime industry to help prevent costly collisions.

Designed for crowded waterways and the harshest, lowest visibility, scenarios, Orca AI’s system combines artificial intelligence and imaging technology. It supplements existing onboard sensors with thermal and low light cameras and has an AI-powered navigation and vessel tracking system so crews can easily detect ships in any situation at both long and short distances with enough time to remedy their course and avoid a collision.

“The maritime environment is unique, with severe weather and low-light conditions creating situations with minimal visibility,” said Yarden Gross, CEO, and co-founder. “We wanted to tackle the hardest part of navigation head-on with an easy-to-use tool that empowers crews with a more detailed picture of their surroundings in situations with little to no visibility.”

Critical recommendations

Already installed and being piloted onboard several ships owned by Ray Carriers, the solution will also be able to recommend course corrections and actions to avoid potentially dangerous situations and is the first step in introducing autonomous and semi-autonomous features to vessels already on the water, said the company.

Collisions and other maritime incidents have risen from 2,000 in 2011 to an estimated 4,000 in 2017. Most collisions occur in congested waterways, often in areas near ports or in narrow waterways, because current navigation tools are less effective in these situations.

The company is backed by a US$2.6m seed round led by MizMaa Ventures and including funding from Ray Carriers and The Dock.

By Rebecca Jeffrey

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