By Martin Gøttske
A human captain at the helm might soon be a thing of the past. Japan’s shipbuilders and maritime shippers are cooperating to make self-navigating ships a reality by 2025, hoping to lead global development on a project that should dramatically reduce accidents at sea.
Developing the technology is expected to cost at least hundreds of millions of dollars.
The artificial-intelligence-driven steering system would use technologies to instantaneously gather and analyse data about weather at sea and dangerous obstacles ahead and would also use data to plot the most fuel-efficient, safest and shortest route.