The test vessel: Niedersachsen 22

The GMS Niedersachsen 22 is a typical dry cargo vessel with 100 m length and 10.5 m width. It is operated by HGK Shipping GmbH and is mainly in service in the western german canal network between the Rhine and the Elbe. Built in 1982, the vessel is designed for cargo with a maximum tonnage of 2326 t, which can be transported by an 1118 kW high power engine.

The test vessel will be equipped with further optical sensors and cameras as required by the project. A monocamera and a short-range lidar will be installed at the stern. In addition to the existing radar system, the ship will be equipped with a stereo camera, a monocamera and a long-range lidar at the bow. Furthermore, mono cameras are installed on both sides, on the foresight and aft view.

With the latest video “AutoBin Niedersachsen 22” you are invited for a virtual tour, where remarkable drone shots of the test vessel as well as graphic visualizations of the sensor fields of view are waiting for you.

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On 16 and 17.05.2022 some maneuvers for test purposes with the GSM Niedersachsen 22 were performed on the Haringvliet. In the current video "AutoBin test drive Haringvliet" the driving maneuvers are shown.


On 27.09.2021 the first test drives of the GSM Niedersachsen 22 took place in the test field of the Dortmund-Ems Canal. The recorded test data of the installed cameras are shown in the current video "AutoBin Test Drive".


The test field of the AutoBin project is the 15 km long section of the Dortmund-Ems Canal from the port of Dortmund to the lock in Waltrop. Impressive views of the test field were recorded with a drone, which can be experienced in the current video "AutoBin test field".