Preparatory Action — EU Space Data for Autonomous Vessels in Inland Waterways

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Open Call Reference: MOVE/2023/OP/0019

Support DG Mobility and Transport in addressing new business opportunities as well as new challenges of autonomous vessel operations on inland waterways, supporting the digitalisation and sustainability challenges of the EU.


-Define minimum requirements for safe and secure navigation of automated vessels on European inland waterways, considering technical, operational, and regulatory aspects.
-Conduct pilots utilizing EU Space data (Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus) to demonstrate and validate the findings. Contribute to the EU policy framework for automated vessels on inland waterways and support the work of CESNI.


Specific Tasks:
-Definition of operational scenarios
-Identification of user requirements
-Safety case definition and design
-Identification and analysis of challenges and barriers for automated vessels
-Prototype development and design of pilot projects
-Implementation, demonstration and validation of pilot projects
-Outreach activities and advisory group

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