"Suomenlinna" ice-class ferry piloted near Helsinki

Goal

Testing of unmanned technologies on water transport

Project

The Department of Transportation worked with technology company ABB to conduct the world’s first test of autonomous transportation using an existing passenger Suomenlinna ferry.
The Suomenlinna ferry was upgraded with an ABB Ability Marine Pilot Control dynamic positioning system.
Although it now has a new dynamic positioning system, the ferry will continue to operate using conventional onboard control systems. Research and development will continue.
Autonomous solutions are expected to transform international transportation in the coming decades as the industry recovers from the recession caused by the 2008 financial crisis

Results

State: increasing the number and transportation safety
Citizens: increasing the safety of water transportation

December 4, 2018, First test run

Suomenlinna ferry

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