Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade | World news | The Guardian

Japanese firms plan to launch self-driving cargo ships within decade

Shipbuilders and shipping firms believe autonomous ships will reduce accidents by removing potential for human error

A cargo ship being loaded in Tokyo.

 A cargo ship being loaded in Tokyo. Photograph: Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP/Getty Images

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Commercial drones and self-driving cars will soon be joined by fleets of autonomous cargo ships that navigate the world’s oceans using artificial intelligence.

Several shipbuilders and shipping firms in Japan have joined forces to develop remote-controlled cargo vessels that could be launched by 2025, according to the country’s Nikkei business newspaper.

The ships would use the internet of things – connecting a range of devices over the internet – to gather data, such as weather conditions and shipping information, and plot the shortest, most efficient and safest routes.

By removing the potential for human error, the companies believe the technology could dramatically cut the number of accidents at sea

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