Competition overview

The ASV should be able to:

  • Navigate through Path​
  • Avoid Obstacles​
  • Acoustic Docking with help of Pinger​
  • Object Delivery using drones(optional)​
  • Path finding and Speed Gate​
  • Return to base​

Technical requirements

  • Autonomy: Vehicle shall be fully autonomous and shall have all autonomy decisions made onboard the ASV
  • Communication: The vehicle cannot send or receive any control information while in autonomous mode (to and from Operators Control Station
  • Energy source: The vehicle must be battery powered
  • Remote-controllable: The vehicle must be remote-controllable (tele-operated) to be brought back to the dock
  • Visual Feedback: Teams are required to implement a visual feedback system,indicating status of their ASV


  • Buoyancy: The vehicle shall be positively buoyant
  • Propulsion: Any propulsion system may be used (thruster, paddle, etc.). However, all moving parts must have protection
  • Size: The vehicle must fit within a six feet, by three feet, by three feet “box”
  • Surface: The vehicle must float or use ground effect of the water
  • Weight: The entire maritime system (including UAV) shall weigh less than 140 lbs
  • Payload: The vehicle must have a place to mount a GoPro (or similar) camera with an unobstructed view from the front of the vehicle

Other requirements

  • Deployable: The vehicle must have its own 3 or 4 point harness for crane deployment and recovery.
  • Kill Switch: The vehicle must have at least one 1.5 inch diameter red button located on the vehicle that, when actuated, must instantaneously disconnect power from all.
  • Wireless Kill Switch: In addition to the physical kill-switch, the vehicle must have at least one remote kill switch that, when actuated, must instantaneously disconnect
  • Safety: All sharp, pointy, moving or sensitive parts must be covered and marked.
  • Towable: The vehicle must have a tow harness installed at all times


AutoDrone is a national championship in operation of Autonomous Sea Drones (ASD) established to strengthen the maritime higher education in Norway and as a response to the increasing interest for autonomous operation of surface ships. New technology for smarter ships and new ways of solving sea-based transport more efficiently and cleaner represents challenges and opportunities for the maritime sector. The AutoDrone championship will act as an incubator for developing, testing and benchmarking innovations in the maritime domain.
This vision is achieved by providing a venue and mechanism, whereby practitioners of robotics and maritime autonomy come together at AutoDrone to share knowledge, innovate, and collaboratively advance the technology of ASD systems.