Investment in Sea Machines Robotic, Inc., a vessel control system provider

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Nabtesco Corporation (HQ: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; President: Kazumasa Kimura) is pleased to announce the investment made by Nabtesco Technology Ventures L.P. (Managing Partner: Hiroshi Nerima) in Sea Machines Robotics Inc. (HQ: Massachusetts, USA; Founder & CEO: Michael G. Johnson, hereinafter: Sea Machines), a leading developer of autonomous control systems and advanced perception technology for maritime vessels.

Sea Machines, a groundbreaking startup, specializes in remote/autonomous vessel control systems with sensor fusion technology for object recognition and obstacle avoidance around vessel perimeters. This involves the integration of AI image analysis and radar information. The company is widely acknowledged in the industry for its pioneering work in autonomous navigation technology, particularly in small vessel applications.

This strategic investment by Nabtesco aims to diversify its product offerings. Additionally, Nabtesco looks forward to collaborating with Sea Machines on product development, leveraging the latter's profound insights into the evolving trends of the autonomous navigation vessel market.

Nabtesco is committed to playing a pivotal role in the digital transformation of various industries, including the maritime sector, through its Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) activities.

*Sensor fusion: Technology that integrates information from multiple sensors to extract more advanced data.


【Outline of Sea Machines】

Company Name Sea Machines Robotics, Inc.
Representative Michael G. Johnson, Founder and CEO
Address 226 Causeway Street Boston, MA 02114 USA
Established 2015
Business Overview Developing remote/autonomous vessel control systems, including vessel perimeter object recognition and automatic obstacle avoidance through sensor fusion

■About Nabtesco

Nabtesco was established through the integration of Teijin Seiki Co., Ltd. and NABCO Ltd. in 2003. Based on its unique motion control technology, Nabtesco manufactures components for machines to support the automation of production facilities and to provide safety, comfort and a sense of security for land, sea and air transportation. The company is proactively promoting co-creation, including fostering joint development with startups through CVC.