Oscar Collision-Avoidance System Now Available

The BSB Group in Austria says its Oscar collsion-avoidance system is now commercially available.
Oscar collision avoidance system
Oscar uses artificial intelligence to detect obstructions in the water. Courtesy Oscar Systems

Oscar is an automated monitoring system whose “eyes” are thermal and color cameras that feed information to a “brain” powered by artificial intelligence. The system was developed in cooperation with offshore-racing teams, and is being marketed for use aboard everything from day cruisers to superyachts.

The system detects floating objects to reduce the risk of a collision. “Non-signaled crafts, sleeping whales, wooden logs, containers and debris or other floating objects are detected, which neither the crew nor the radar or sonar system will detect,” according to the company. “Owners, skippers and crews benefit from increased safety as well as more comfort and peace of mind during navigation, especially at night.”

The developers say the goal for the Oscar system is to connect it to a boat’s autopilot, to automatically change the boat’s trajectory to avoid a collision risk.


Can Oscar’s data be tied into a multifunction screen? Yes. The Oscar Advanced Series also can be integrated with a boat’s communications bus.

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