Project Description

  • Innovation
  • 1 August 2023
  • 30 April 2024
  • Zeabuz
  • €451,500

The NOUVEAU project aims to develop the solutions and operating procedures that will enable scalable and efficient inland waterway transport (IWT) based on autonomous control with remote human supervision, a concept called ‘onshore supervised autonomy’. The solutions will be demonstrated on a commercial passenger ferry service in Stockholm, Sweden. The project will adapt relevant autonomy technologies and create an onshore remote operations centre in Trondheim where one Zeabuz engineer will monitor and interact with the ferry and its passengers at a distance. The project will work with industry experts to develop best practices and operational guidelines to ensure efficient and safe operations and collect the evidence needed to prove trustworthiness and equivalent safety towards regulators. Finally, the findings and best practices will be shared to raise public awareness about the potential and benefits of autonomous urban ferries. Our project will pave the way for sustainable and efficient IWT.


Autonomous, electric ferries are a new concept, with high potential. Given their novelty, some aspects require further testing to ensure safety and feasibility.

Main Objective

Improve the scalability and economic viability of urban passenger ferries by allowing ferries to be unmanned and autonomous, supervised from an on-shore remote operation centre.


The viability of a remote operations centre (ROC) for autonomous ferries will be tested.



Project lead

Erik Dyrkoren
Najmeh Masoudi Dionne
Future Mobility Europe – a Consulting Company