Rakuten Institute of Technology and Maritime Robotics Agree to Collaborate on Research into Unmanned Cargo Ships

We are proud to announce our technology cooperation agreement on Unmanned Cargo Ships with Rakuten Institute of Technology. https://global.rakuten.com/corp/

Rakuten is one of the most growing e-commerce companies in the world, and their acknowledgement of Maritime Robotics technology is a great motivation for us to continue to be in front in the exiting field of maritime autonomy.

Enjoy the article about our RnD collaboration with Rakuten on Unmanned Cargo Ships. Another well-written article by the excellent Norwegian popular science magazine Teknisk Ukeblad www.tu.no. (Norwegian)

Teknisk Ukeblad – www.tu.no

We are proud to announce our technology cooperation agreement on Unmanned Cargo Ships with Rakuten Institute of Technology. https://global.rakuten.com/corp/Rakuten is one of the most growing e-commerce companies in the world, and their acknowledgement of Maritime Robotics technology is a great motivation for us to continue to be in front in the exiting field of maritime autonomy. #unmannedbymaritimeroboticsRead the press release here: https://global.rakuten.com/corp/news/press/2018/0313_02.html?year=2018&month=3&category=corp

Posted by Maritime Robotics on Saturday, March 17, 2018

– Research aims to explore Unmanned Surface Vehicle technology as a potential logistics solution –

Reference article from Rakuten website

// Tokyo, March 13, 2018 – Rakuten Institute of Technology, the dedicated research and development organization of the Rakuten Group, and Maritime Robotics AS, a leading provider of innovative unmanned solutions for maritime operations, today announced that the two organizations have entered into an agreement to collaborate on research into unmanned cargo ships and related technologies.

Based on the agreement, the two organizations will leverage their strengths to jointly explore Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) technologies as a logistics solution, with Rakuten Institute of Technology focusing on the fields of computer vision and object recognition, decision making AI and logistic optimization, and Maritime Robotics focusing on autonomous control and sensor systems, communications and control room systems.

“USV technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way we think about the logistics chain,” commented Masaya Mori, Global Head of Rakuten Institute of Technology. “We are very pleased to collaborate with Maritime Robotics, a leader in technology and applications for unmanned surface vehicles, in order to explore the exciting potential of sea-based logistics.”

“Maritime Robotics has for the last decade been one of the few international pioneers on technology and application development on Unmanned Surface Vehicles (USVs). From our core-technology in robotics and control engineering, we have long seen that this technology had applications within autonomous transportation. We are very happy to partner with a global player like Rakuten to make this happen,” commented Vegard Hovstein, CEO of Maritime Robotics.

Currently, domestic logistics networks in Japan are centered around land-based transport, especially trucks. The truck industry requires massive amounts of manpower and large investment into infrastructure to accommodate the trucks, including roads, tunnels, bridges and gas stations. Trucks are also a major source of environmental congestion. This research collaboration aims to explore the potential of USVs to address these issues.

Unmanned ships can potentially operate independently, contributing to a reduction in operating costs and, while ships may have slower top speeds than their land-based counterparts, the freedom of navigation and autonomy allows for continuous operation, often improving the total logistic throughput. The use of sensor fusion and machine learning can also assist operators by providing better situational awareness and understanding, while AI assisted autonomy can reduce the workload on the operator. Combined with computer aided control, the reduced human involvement may in turn reduce the risk of accidents. Unmanned ships do not require the same level of infrastructure investment as trucks, and can potentially operate using current sea ports, docks and other existing maritime infrastructure. Ships have a longer lifespan than trucks, improving the reliability of the logistics chain.

Rakuten and Maritime Robotics hope that their collaborative research will contribute to revolutionize sea-based logistics in the same way drones and autonomous vehicles are expected to transform transportation in their respective fields.





















Privacy Policy

The Privacy Statement is about how this website collects and uses visitor information. The statement contains information that you are entitled to when collecting information from our website (Personal Information Act, section 19), and general information about how we treat personal data (Personal Data Act, section 18, first paragraph). The legal owner of the website is the processing officer for the processing of personal data. It is voluntary for those who visit the web sites to provide personal information regarding services such as receiving newsletters and using the sharing and tip services. The treatment basis is the consent of the individual, unless otherwise specified.

1. Web analytics and cookies (cookies)

As an important part of the effort to create a user-friendly website, we look at the user pattern of those who visit the site. To analyze the information, we use the Google Analytics analysis tool. Google Analytics uses cookies (small text files that the site stores on the user's computer), which registers the users' IP address and provides information about the individual user's online movements. Examples of what the statistics give us answers to are; how many people visit different pages, how long the visit lasts, what websites users come from and what browsers are used. None of the cookies allow us to link information about your use of the site to you as an individual. The information collected by Google Analytics is stored on Google servers in the U.S.. The information received is subject to the Google Privacy Policy. An IP address is defined as a personal information because it can be traced back to a particular hardware and thus to an individual. We use Google Analytics's tracking code to anonymize the IP address before the information is stored and processed by Google. Thus, the stored IP address can not be used to identify the individual user.

2. Search

If the webpage has search function, it stores information about what keywords users use in Google Analytics. The purpose of the storage is to improve our information service. The search usage pattern is stored in aggregate form. Only the keyword is saved and they can not be linked to other information about the users, such as the IP addresses.

3. Share / Tips service

The "Share with others" feature can be used to forward links to the site by email, or to share the content of social networking. Tips for tips are not logged with us, but only used to add the tips to the community. However, we can not guarantee that the online community does not log this information. All such services should therefore be used wisely. If you use the email feature, we only use the provided email addresses to resend the message without any form of storage.

4. Newsletter

The website can send out newsletters by email if you have registered to receive this. In order for us to be able to send e-mail, you must register an e-mail address. Mailchimp is the data processor for the newsletter. The e-mail address is stored in a separate database, not shared with others and deleted when you unsubscribe. The e-mail address will also be deleted if we receive feedback that it is not active.

5. Registration, form

The website may have a form for registration, contact form or other form. These forms are available to the public to perform the tasks they are supposed to do. Registration form is for visitors to sign up or register. Contact form is for visitors to easily send a message to the website's contact person. We ask for the name of the sender and contact information for this. Personal information we receive is not used for purposes other than responding to the inquiry. The form is sent as email via Mailgun as a third party solution. The entire submission will be stored at Mailgun for 24 hours. Between 24 hours and 30 days, only mailheader is stored before the submission is deleted after 30 days. The reason for this storage is to confirm whether emails are sent from the website and forwarded to the correct recipient. Once the email is received by the recipient, it is up to the recipient to determine the data processing needs of the email.

6. Page and service functionality

Cookies are used in the operation and presentation of data from websites. Such cookies may contain language code information for languages ​​selected by the user. There may be cookies with information supporting the load balancing of the system, ensuring all users the best possible experience. For services that require login or search, cookies can be used to ensure that the service presents data to the right recipient.

7. How to manage cookies in your browser

On www.nettvett.no, read how to configure your browser to accept / reject cookies, and get tips for safer use of the internet.