2017 December 25
Driver-less ships: autonomy in the maritime sector
In a show of prototypes, a pod of unmanned sailboats from around the world competes to cross "The Atlantic" test tank in Horten, Norway. Cross the real ocean, and the Sail Bots race similarly challenges scholarly robotic-vessel designers to North America for a bit of station-keeping, collision-avoidance and "cargo moves". For all, the future seems bright - the first commercial runs of unmanned vessels are underway or scheduled worldwide. These earliest movers have the support of governments, Google and grateful clients.