How We Interact with Autonomous Vehicles – The Experts Weigh In

A Greensea Systems INSpect GS display in an underwater tunnel

We can’t consider enabling vehicles with increasing levels of technology and capabilities without addressing the way we interact with those vehicles.
– Ben Kinnaman, President and CEO of Greensea Systems

Ben’s observation during the November 8 IEEE Tech Insider webinar, “Realizing New Potentials in Miniature Subsea Robotics,” strikes a chord as we look at how our relationships with autonomous and unmanned vehicles is rapidly changing. Together with Sean McCormack, KVH’s Director of FOG/OEM Sales, Ben took webinar participants on a deep dive (figuratively speaking) into the world of undersea navigation and approaches to sensor fusion that are revolutionizing how vehicles operate and what tasks they are able to accomplish.

Faced with a lack of GNSS data and hostile environments, such as undersea tunnels with heavy iron content, Greensea’s INSpect GS solution brings together a wide range of measurements like inertial data (delivered by the KVH 1750 IMU), compass, altimeter, Doppler Velocity Log, ultra-short baseline acoustic positioning, and more. The result is remarkably precise information pertaining to:

  • Depth
  • Heading
  • Pitch
  • Roll
  • Velocity
  • Relative
  • Position
  • Acceleration
  • Gyroscopic Rate

At the same time, INSpect GS and Greensea’s companion Balefire solutions add a level of autonomy that radically alters the opportunities open to the vehicle operators who are freed up to deal with higher level functions rather than simply flying a joystick.

A Greensea Systems INSpect GS display in an underwater tunnel
A Greensea Systems INSpect GS display in an underwater tunnel

“The potential offered by miniature robotics is profound.”
– Ben Kinnaman

Greensea’s goal is to make miniature robotics available not just to ROV operators but users who need these versatile systems as part of their tool set for important applications. Among those he highlighted in case studies were:

  • Combat swimmers relying on diver navigation and propulsion systems
  • Underwater tunnel inspections
  • Observation-class ROVs for explosive ordnance disposal

To do that, they’ve created innovative approaches to sensor fusion and also selected the KVH 1750 IMU as the optimal solution to the ever-present challenge of Size-Weight-Power-Cost or SWAP-C.

To learn more about Greensea Systems’ approach to sensor fusion for unmanned and autonomous undersea vehicles and why KVH’s inertial technology is the ideal way to overcome the SWAP-C challenge, watch the IEEE Tech Insider webinar today!

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Chris is the senior director of marketing for KVH Industries. A lifelong sailor and storyteller, he's a self-professed geek who finds all of this technical stuff fascinating.

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