Avikus, Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group’s newly established subsidiary, specialised in autonomous navigation technology, became South Korea’s first company to succeed in fully autonomous navigation of a ship. Avikus Avikus announced that it successfully completed fully autonomous, unmanned operation of a cruise ship Avikus announced that it successfully completed fully autonomous, unmanned operation of a cruise ship for 12 passengers, at a demonstration event, held in Pohang-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do, South Korea. The 10-kilometre-long Pohang Canal is known for complex and challenging navigating environments, as the average width of its waterway is as narrow as 10 metres and the inner and outer ports are highly crowded. High-tech autonomous navigation technologies Also, present at the demonstration event, were representatives from KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), Korea Maritime & Ocean University, and South Korea’s major telecommunications company, KT. Deploying state-of-the-art autonomous navigation technologies, such as HiNAS (Hyundai Intelligent Navigation Assistant System), which automatically recognises objects surrounding the vessel and routes to alert the risk of collision, based on augmented reality (AR), and HiBAS (Hyundai Intelligent Berthing Assistant System), which provides a full view of the ship, when berthing or clearing, Avikus demonstrated fully autonomous navigation of the ship, throughout all stages from departure and sailing, to return and docking. Advanced navigation assistance systems with LiDAR Notably, advanced navigation assistance systems, including special cameras and LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging), a remote sensing technology that uses the pulse from a laser to collect measurements, as adopted by a large number of autonomous vehicles, have achieved a higher level of autonomous functioning that allows ships, without the help of seafarers, to cope with various unexpected situations, such as adverse weather conditions, strong currents, and appearance of fishing boats. Building on this successful demonstration, Avikus plans to spur its R&D efforts for autonomous navigation technologies and expand their application to all types of ships, including passenger ships and cargo ships. Autonomous navigation system test on merchant ship We are poised to become the world’s first to commercialise a self-sailing leisure boat next year" To that end, Avikus is planning for the world’s first transoceanic voyage of a large merchant ship, relying on autonomous navigation technologies, in conjunction with a large local shipping company, possibly as early as in the second half of 2021. “We are poised to become the world’s first to commercialise a self-sailing leisure boat next year, based on our fully autonomous navigation technologies successfully demonstrated,” said Lim Do-hyeong, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Avikus. Future maritime mobility technologies Lim Do-hyeong adds, “Through continued investments in R&D and talent, we will establish a position as a first mover, in the autonomous ships market, which is considered the ultimate destination for future maritime mobility technologies.” According to Acute Market Reports, a global market research service provider, the market for autonomous ships and related equipment is expected to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 12.6%, reaching US$ 235.7 billion, by 2028. Avikus, autonomous navigation Solutions expert Avikus, launched as HHI Group’s in-house venture No. 1, in December 2020, to help advance and deepen the HHI Group’s technologies and expertise, relating to autonomous ships, is growing into a major player in the areas of high-tech navigation assistance systems and autonomous navigation solutions.