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MOL to develop AR technolgy system for ships with Furuno

MOL to develop AR technolgy system for ships with Furuno

Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) will jointly develop with Japanese maritime electronics maker Furuno Electric, a system that supports ship operation during voyages using augmented reality (AR) technology.

President and ceo Junichiro Ikeda said in the joint announcement with Furuno Electric president Yukio Furuno and MOL Techno-Trade president Hirokazu Hatta that with the project, information, such as other ships sailing around the vessel and landmarks like buoys at sea, can be shown on tablets and other displays, based on data from the Automatic Identification System (AIS).

Images of landscapes taken from the bridge can also be shown on the same tablets, and these images will overlap with AR to provide visual support to crewmembers operating ships and keeping watch during voyages.

The group is looking at ways to overlap displays of obstacles taken by radar, adding an Obstacle Zone by Target (OZT), which is an algorithm to prevent collisions between vessels, and supplementing displays of obstacles using image recognition technologies to expand such functions, MOL said in a press release.

The group aims to improve functions during FY2018, and expects the technology to play a key role in realizing autonomous ships in the future.

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