Norwegian start-up promotes autonomous electric mini-ferry servicesWritten by Nick Blenkey
The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has spun off a new company called Zeabuz. The start-up aims to sell autonomous mobility services to coastal communities, based on ferries that will be small, electric and on-demand.
“Autonomy fits like a glove with electric ferries. This enables better control, optimal operation, safety and maintenance,” says Asgeir J. Sørensen, director of NTNU’s research center on autonomous maritime operations, NTNU AMOS.
“Our autonomy solution is world-leading and can enable self-driving ferries that safely maneuver among other boats, dock to the quay by themselves and handle passengers safely,” says Susanne Jäschke, interim CEO of the company. She says that the company is working with DNV GL, the Norwegian Coastal Administration and the Norwegian Maritime Directorate to test two prototypes in Trondheim.
“The unique technology has been developed at NTNU and will be made available to the company,” she says.