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Source:  Motherboard

Extensive research has gone into making cars, trucks, and farms autonomous—basically all the ways that we produce and transport goods around the world. Now, make way for autonomous boats.

In a new documentary by Motherboard, Sea Machines and Robotics demonstrates the ability of its “roboats” to identify other boats, avoid collisions, and analyze the sea to maximize the efficiency of its new autonomous vessels.

Chris Sotzing, Director of  Engineering at Sea Machines and Robotics, said that introducing autonomous boats to shipping, ferries, and harbors around the world could help protect the safety of navigators, as the boats may one day be better able to avoid collisions than human captains.

Sotzing also said that by automatically finding more efficient routes (which could save fuel costs), the price for consumer goods that rely on shipping could decrease. According to the International Chamber of Shipping, approximately 90% of goods sold around the world rely on the shipping industry.

Read the story at Motherboard.

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