M Subs Ltd announces it has installed a ‘game changing’ sensor system with connected artificial intelligence (AI) machine-learning technology around Plymouth Sound as part of the vision to turn the city into a centre of excellence in maritime autonomy and unmanned vehicles.
Plymouth-based M Subs, a global leader in the development of manned and unmanned underwater vehicles, will operate a secure network of cameras, radars, and other sensors which will provide situational awareness and communications with the unmanned vehicles operating out of the city’s harbour.
The system will also provide the command & control of unmanned vehicles using the nearby ranges at sea. Data from the network is being collected and analysed by machine learning programmes by M Subs’ growing AI team, with the assistance of Thales and a global and corporate partner leading in the field of machine learning and artificial intelligence.
The results of this work will finalize development of the computing system at the heart of the maritime AI system to navigate the Mayflower Autonomous Ship across the Atlantic Ocean in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the original Mayflower sailing in 1620.
Brett Phaneuf, the MD of MSubs is excited by the development. “Although our initial interest was in the application of AI to assist the war fighter, our burgeoning relationship with Thales and our US-based AI partner, has opened our minds to the innumerable potential uses of AI. Combine this with the expanding data collection facilities we have in the Plymouth Sound are we are well placed to lead on the development of this game changing technology.”
In October 2018, Thales announced it was opening a new maritime autonomy centre at Plymouth, with an aim to build relationships with industry and academia to operate unmanned vessels out of the Sound.
M Subs is working with partners at the Plym Yacht Club, the Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, the Queen’s Harbour Master, and of course Thales.
Plymouth based M Subs Ltd are recognised as the UK’s leading manufacturer of military submersibles. Their latest manned platform, the Dry Combat Submersible (DCS) destined for the United States of America’s Special Forces Command has recently completed success trials in the waters around Plymouth. The company also specialises in the design and building of Extra Large Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (XL UUVs).