Autonomous navigation may seem easy if you imagine a ship in the middle of the ocean, where it almost always has hundreds of metres or even many miles of space to turn in any direction. Things aren’t so simple for inland navigation: traffic is relatively heavy, and space is far more limited. A ship 135 metres long that needs to make a manoeuvre has little margin for deviating from the ideal route.
To automate operations like these, you need highly sophisticated software on the one hand, and a good track available on the other, in order to be able to adjust the steering constantly, as necessary. Tresco TrackPilot offers the best of both worlds.