Yachting Boating World: Turn your car into a boat! Turkish engineer Yusuf Kahvecioğlu didn’t have the money to buy a motor boat. Instead, he designed his Drive on Water prototype to open up boating to anyone with a car!
Known as D.O.W, he has now launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop the project.
He wants to raise $20,000 Canadian so he can modify the prototype.
“I made a prototype, it works fine but it is a little slow, needs more modifications,” explained Kahvecioğlu.
The D.O.W uses the car’s engine for power, and has the same horse power as the vehicle.
Facilities in the car, such as air conditioning and music system, can also be used while out on the water.
According to the project website, it is controlled by a joystick and can be used for cars with a maximum length of 5 metres.
“Now you can ride a boat while you are driving!” writes Kahvecioğlu on his Kickstarter page.
“Now you can ride a very cheap catamaran motor boat while sitting in your car. Your boat uses your car’s engine, electrical system, etc. If you have 150 HP car, now you have a boat with 150 HP engine. You also bring your car wherever you go by boat,” he explained.
Kahvecioğlu, who has previously designed planes, has collected just $327 from 11 backers so far but he is hopeful others will be inspired to support his project.
He is collaborating on D.O.W with physicist and designer Zafer Caner.
Caner has previously worked on other innovative projects including the Korea solar powered car.
Yachting Boating World: Called Maritime Autonomy Surface Testbed (MAST), the drone boat has undergone sea trials ahead of the Unmanned Warrior exercise in the autumn.
The 32-foot drone boat is one of over 40 Autonomous Systems taking part in Unmanned Warrior 2016 in October, off West Wales and North West Scotland and the Western Isles.
MAST, which is based on the innovative Bladerunner hull shape, is being developed by Portchester-based ASV Ltd, under research funding from the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstlis).
It is designed to reach high speeds. Various levels of autonomy include basic remote control up to autonomous navigation.
The boat senses other vessels in the immediate vicinity and is programmed to avoid them in a safe manner.
The Royal Navy said the avoidance algorithms are designed to comply with internationally mandated collision regulations.
When operating on a busy waterway, such as the River Thames, the craft is operated with a coxswain on board ready to take control.
First Sea Lord and Chief of Naval Staff, Admiral Sir Philip Jones, said: “The growing scale of Unmanned Warrior is a clear demonstration of the Royal Navy’s ambition to lead and win through technological innovation.”
“Unmanned maritime systems will change how we operate, but they’re just the start. Our pursuit of new technologies and ideas – from big data to 3D-printing – will ensure we remain one of the most capable and successful navies in the world,” added Sir Philip.
MAST does not carry weapons, but is designed to explore autonomous capabilities and support non-lethal surveillance and reconnaissance roles.
The work is funded through Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, which conducts research on behalf of the Royal Navy and the other UK armed forces.
The work is being conducted by civilian manufacturers ASV Ltd & Roke Manor Research, with support from Cambridge Pixels, Seebyte and Chess Dynamics.
Fleet Robotics Officer Commander, Peter Pipkin, said: “This is a chance to take a great leap forward in Maritime Systems – not to take people out of the loop but to enhance everything they do, to extend our reach, our look, our timescales, our efficiency using intelligent and manageable robotics at sea.”
During Unmanned Warrior in October, engineers and scientists will be able to demonstrate state of the art technology to the Royal Navy and representatives from other NATO countries.
The Royal Navy says it is the biggest event of its kind, and will explore the ideas that “will help shape the future of Naval Warfare for decades to come”.
It is linked with the regular Joint Warrior fleet Exercise and aims to test systems in an operational environment.