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Augmented reality lights for compromised visibility navigation


Bandara, D and Woodward, M and Chin, C and Jiang, D, Augmented reality lights for compromised visibility navigation, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering, 8, (12) Article 1014. ISSN 2077-1312 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.3390/jmse8121014


This paper considers the feasibility of using augmented reality (AR) as a tool for enhancing visualization in maritime operations to avoid collision in different environmental conditions. According to the International Maritime Organization (IMO 2010), 90% of maritime accidents due to collisions at sea are caused in part by human error. This study investigates the new technology (AR) used to superimpose holographic images onto the real world; now reaching a state of readiness for commercial application. This paper demonstrates the competence of AR technology to serve as a maritime navigational aid. The research explores the viability of improving navigational safety in low visibility by projecting holograms of real-world objects in the same geo-location as the real object to make them "visible". The paper presents the logical deconstruction of the technical problems and identified solutions, together with results of experiments used to validate the concept and technology readiness for real word maritime application. The paper presents a verified demonstrator; a proposed holographic bridge interface with an innovative way of presenting information using AR technology. Furthermore, it identifies that new technologies offer the opportunity for enhanced operator performances, with the expectation being that this should lead to reduce risk to persons, property, and the environment.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:augmented reality, compromised visibility, Microsoft HoloLens, navigation lights, virtual objects
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in engineering
UTAS Author:Bandara, D (Mrs Doupadi Herath Mudiyanselage)
UTAS Author:Woodward, M (Associate Professor Michael Woodward)
UTAS Author:Chin, C (Dr Chris Chin)
UTAS Author:Jiang, D (Dr Danchi Jiang)
ID Code:142141
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2020-12-15
Last Modified:2021-02-12

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