The project will bring together an esteemed group of experts in the fields of naval engineering, software development, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and marine autonomy.
AllOY, a revolutionary marine-tech company bringing autonomous technology and electric power to the recreational boating market, is proud to join other industry leaders on a new ABYC task force focused on autonomous on-water operation. The first task force meeting was held at ABYC’s annual Standards Week in New Orleans on Thursday, January 12th. Its participants include industry leaders from all aspects of the maritime sector and those who are deeply knowledgeable about Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and autonomous systems including Drew Orvieto, an advisory board member of AllOY and the catalyst for this new task force; Dr. Powell Kinney, co-founder and CTO of AllOY. As new technologies continue to be developed and released into the market to assist captains and make boating safer and more accessible, the ABYC Autonomous Task Force seeks to understand how best to integrate technological advances that balance the safety of boaters, swimmers, marine life, and habitat. The arrival of new technologies such as docking assistance devices, advanced autopilots, LiDAR, and marine vision systems opens up exciting opportunities for boaters and innovators alike—but also emphasizes the need for standards and regulations within the industry. Ultimately, the task force is charged with exploring how such technology can be used safely, securely, and reliably, both in the United States and abroad.
“I am proud to be part of an initiative aimed at improving the effectiveness of an ever-evolving technology landscape while ensuring the safety and security of the open waters. The integration of emerging technologies must be done responsibly if we are to enable boaters to use them confidently and with the assurance that we are protecting both people and the marine environment," said Drew Orvieto, Advisory Board, AllOY. “With evolving technology, the Autonomous Vessel Task Force was designed to gather experts on the subject and receive input from those who understand where the industry is headed,” said Brian Goodwin ABYC Technical Director. “It was extremely valuable to have AllOY’s leadership involved as we create a road map for future standards development.” In order to make boating as safe and enjoyable as possible, AllOY's mission is to reduce operational barriers for boaters through the seamless integration of technology. Over the course of his career as a naval architect and engineer, Orvieto has collaborated with industry leaders on a variety of technology solutions such as patented propulsion technologies, and autonomous marine systems. Dr. Kinney’s accomplishments include many years in software development leadership, and, most recently, product leadership while at Toyota Connected. As part of the task force's initial scope, a comprehensive understanding of the current product landscape, technology capabilities, and safety process requirements will be gained to help develop future standards. Upon completion, the findings will be used to determine the next steps regarding functional safety and the development and testing processes needed for successful implementation.