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An autonomous ship crossing the Atlantic from England to the US unmanned


The new Mayflower is an autonomous ship that will follow the same route as the ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1640

Mayflower, that's what the

autonomous ship

to navigate guided by

artificial intelligence

(IA) and that

cross the Atlantic without captain or crew

in September of this year.

The project

 It has been developed by the American multinational IBM and the marine research organization

Promare

.

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.


The new Mayflower is an autonomous ship that will follow the same route as the ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1640

The new Mayflower is an autonomous ship that will follow the same route as the ship that crossed the Atlantic in 1640

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.


The Mayflower will use cameras and image recognition algorithms to identify possible obstacles during its navigation

The Mayflower will use cameras and image recognition algorithms to identify possible obstacles during its navigation.

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. "


The Mayflower will use cameras and image recognition algorithms to identify possible obstacles during its navigation

The Mayflower will use cameras and image recognition algorithms to identify possible obstacles during its navigation.

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.

SINC Agency

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