Ships that drive themselves

FLIR camera array onboard Soleil

The steady march toward the development of fully autonomous boats took a giant leap forward in late January when a Japanese car ferry completed a 149-mile voyage through the Iyonada Sea, successfully departing port, completing the crossing and docking at its final destination without human intervention.

A Japanese car ferry recently completed a near-150 mile journey all by itself, including successfully docking at its destination. Scaled-down, similar autonomous capabilities could drive an influx of new participation in boating – if boat builders are ready to embrace the technology


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