Those of you follow our Instagram of Facebook stories, or subscribe to our newsletter, know that we started our second round of on-water testing this week.

The code worked and the boat navigated autonomously on the water by Jericho Beach.

Starting from scratch at the beginning of the term, our programming team just put the final touches to our communications and control interface for the prototype. We began our project in February by designing the prototype, and last week we brought the design to completion with our first autonomous on-water test!

Many eyes were looking at the strange-looking vessel, including this curious dog’s.

This week’s tests validated the basic autonomous control of the vessel. From here we can begin using the prototype for its final purpose: optimizing route choices and navigation, as well as sensor inputs and communication.

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