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Are autonomous ships the wave of the future?

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Self-driving cars are all the rage, with numerous companies currently testing these driverless vehicles on roads throughout the world. But cars aren’t the only thing being tested.

According to a recent article in Maritime Executive magazine, autonomous shipping is apparently one step closer to becoming a reality.

The ship, designed by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) uses sensor technology and data analytics to automate the unmanned navigation.

The article states, “Governments around the world are looking into unmanned shipping as a way to move more cargo to sea in order to contain the spiraling costs of road maintenance caused by heavy lorry traffic, not to mention air pollution. Norway has taken the lead in exploring innovative ways of tackling this issue and bridging its many fjords and sea passages to ease transit.”

Other nations, including Finland and Singapore, are working on similar projects.

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