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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

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The autonomous container ship Suzaka.

The Suzaka began its voyage in Japan's Tokyo Bay, one of the most congested waterways globally, and completed a 491-mile (790 km) journey to Tsumatsusaka in Ise Bay in 40 hours.


A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence (AI) during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey from Japan's Tokyo Bay to Ise Bay.

The Suzaka was outfitted with Israeli startup Orca AI’s Automatic Ship Target Recognition System as part of a collaboration with Japan’s NYK Line shipping company.

Data from the Orca system, which offers real-time data detection, tracking, classification, range estimation, and 360-degree views, was monitored by a fleet operations center in Tokyo.

During the journey, the onboard navigational software made 107 collision avoidance maneuvers without human assistance, avoiding 400 to 500 vessels along the way.

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