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September 14, 2017

Self-driving cars could be a wait but autonomous boats should set sail soon

  • Some of the world's biggest maritime firms have committed to designing ships that won't need any captains or crews — at least not on board.
  • By MATT O'BRIEN
    AP Technology Writer

    BOSTON — Self-driving cars may not hit the road in earnest for many years — but autonomous boats could be just around the pier.

    Spurred in part by the car industry's race to build driverless vehicles, marine innovators are building automated ferry boats for Amsterdam canals, cargo ships that can steer themselves through Norwegian fjords and remote-controlled ships to carry containers across the Atlantic and Pacific. The first such autonomous ships could be in operation within three years.


     
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