The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute has announced that together with Aalto University they will team up with Fleetrange and the Tallink Group as part of a research project carried out under a program of and funded by the European Space Agency (ESA). The goal is to develop techniques for autonomous navigation for ships with focus on safety, using a combination of different sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence. The technology will combine data from visual images, environmental sound recordings, radar and lidar ranging, satellite navigation, and vessel transponders. These sensors will be installed on Tallink’s Megastar ferry and the data processing will be performed using innovative artificial intelligence and machine learning software. The goal is to automatically identify and recognize objects, such as navigation aids and other vessels and boats around the ship and provide improved situational awareness information through sensor fusion. The objective of the ESA-funded research project is to improve European know-how in the field of autonomous transports and to study how European space-based positioning and navigation infrastructure, such as Galileo and EGNOS, can contribute to enhancing scientific innovation and consequently business opportunities in this field.