Mayflower, that's what the
to navigate guided by
(IA) and that
cross the Atlantic without captain or crew
in September of this year.
It has been developed by the American multinational IBM and the marine research organization
As reported by the company, sea trials of the AI ??system, which acts as the ship's captain, has begun today in preparation for the traverse. The trial, carried out in Plymouth, UK, will assess how the ship uses
on-board cameras and distributed cloud computing systems
to navigate safely.
A Mayflower with artificial intelligence
The ship gets its name because
will do the original Mayflower route from 1620
to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the famous trip. Sail from Plymouth (UK) to Plymouth (Massachusetts, USA) and become the first fully autonomous, full-size vessel to cross the Atlantic,
mark the company
These tests will help determine
how the autonomous captain develops in maritime scenarios
from the real world and provide relevant information to further refine ship learning models.
The tests will run over approximately three months with a human captain at the helm. Later, in the month of May, new tests will be started to assess the full autonomy of the new boat.
Two years of training
For the past two years, the team has been training the ship's AI models using more than a million nautical images collected by cameras in the Plymouth Sound bay (UK), as well as open source databases.
The team has also used IBM POWER AC922 technology for the machine learning process, the same technology that is behind IBM's AI supercomputers. Together, and using computer vision technology, the Mayflower's guidance system should be able to independently detect and classify ships, buoys, and other obstacles such as land, breakwater, and debris.
Those responsible for the project say the market for autonomous ships is expected to grow from the current $ 90 billion to more than
$ 130 billion in 2030
According to Don Scott, technical director of the Mayflower, "many of the
current autonomous ships are robots
they do not adapt dynamically to new situations and are highly dependent on operator control. "
In the new boat, he adds, "We have used an integrated set of cutting edge technologies like AI and cloud. We are working to give this new boat full autonomy, challenging the limits of what is possible today," he says.
. An autonomous ship will cross the Atlantic from England to the USA. without crew – LA NACION