Raymarine Is Working on an Autonomous Boat

The company signed a memorandum of understanding with Avikus to develop the idea.

Avikus Neuboat
The Avikus Neuboat will have Raymarine’s navigational products. Courtesy Avikus

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Avikus, HD Hyundai’s autonomous navigation in-house startup, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Raymarine to cooperate on what’s being billed as the world’s first autonomous leisure boat, the Avikus NeuBoat.

The boat will have Raymarine’s navigational products on board, and the two companies say they will explore “the future of autonomous leisure boating,” hinting at other projects to come.

“Raymarine brings world-leading expertise in marine electronics and navigational equipment for leisure boats to the project, while Avikus is known for the most advanced autonomous leisure-boat technology available, coupled with vast experience from the world’s largest order book of autonomous commercial marine navigation systems,” according to a press release.

What Raymarine’s general manager, Gregoire Outters, says about the deal: “Raymarine strives to provide the most innovative, user-friendly and reliable electronics to make boating accessible and safe for everyone. With Avikus’ proven solution in autonomous commercial marine, the signing of this MOU will pave the way for our engineers to work closely together, to deliver this exciting new technology to our leisure boat customers.”

Take the next step: go to raymarine.com

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