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Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave


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The unmanned bridge of an autonomous vessel.

The goal, according to Carl Johansson, an executive in the marine business at Swedish company Volvo Penta, is to provide fuel savings, safety, and "peace of mind."

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Artificial intelligence (AI)-powered unmanned boat technology was among the technologies showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023).

U.S. marine industrial company Brunswick showed its prototype vessel that provides the optimal pathway to enter a port, avoid collisions, and find available berths for docking, all without human assistance.

South Korean automaker Hyundai's Avikus division has developed software that executive Carl Johansson said can enhance pleasure cruises while saving fuel by positioning a boat in the best orientation for sunbathing or viewing sunsets, among other options.

Crewless sailing is currently in the experimental stage for merchant mariners, although John Cross at Canada's Memorial University said reducing crew numbers is the goal for many merchant marine companies.

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