ASVTrafficSim: A simulator for Autonomous Surface Vehicle and Manned Vessel Collisions

Colin Sauze

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At present there is only limited data about the probability of collisions between autonomous surface vehicles (ASVs) and manned vessels. This paper describes a simulator for calculating the probability of collisions between them. It is intended to help formulate safety advice and policy on where and when ASVs can and can't be safely used. The simulator tests hypothetical courses of the ASV against real traffic data recorded from automatic identification system (AIS) transponders. This allows simulated missions to be tested against real world traffic patterns. The simulator has successfully simulated example missions using a small set of example AIS data based in San Francisco bay. Future work will involve running simulations from large AIS datasets and with a variety of ASV types, as well as covering differing weather scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRobotic Sailing 2018
PublisherUniversity of Southampton
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 01 Sept 2018

Publication series

NameCEUR Workshop Proceedings
PublisherCEUR Workshop Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1613-0073


  • robotics
  • autonomous surface vehicle


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