DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

DARPA hands the world’s first fully autonomous drone warship to the US Navy

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The Sea Hunter is the world’s first fully autonomous warship, and it’s just passed trials – next stop official duty.   After just under a year at sea DARPA has finally completed the sea trials of the world’s first fully autonomous warship, Sea Hunter, a...

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Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

Maritime regulator gets set to allow autonomous ships on the high seas

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF As new autonomous ship technologies race ahead we mustn’t forget that nothing happens unless the regulators allow it, but now the dam’s bursting   It can be said that the majority of people and companies normally see change coming well before it arrives, take the...

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World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

World’s first autonomous cargo ship to enter service in 2018

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Faced by “cratering profits,” low margins and bankruptcy, shipping companies are starting to look at ways they can roll out autonomous cargo ships faster than planned.   Last year the CEO of Rolls Royce announced his company’s grand plan to create fleets of “Ghost ships,”...

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World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

World’s first GPS Spoofing attack puts 20 ships 32km inland at an airport

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF New technology keeps lowering the bar for criminals and nation states that want to cause mischief and harm, and now the makers of autonomous vehicles have something new to worry about.   Recently there have been reports of satellite navigation problems in the Black Sea...

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Companies are racing to fill the seas with autonomous drone ships

Companies are racing to fill the seas with autonomous drone ships

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF It seems like every mode of transport is going autonomous these days, and that’s because it is, and cargo ships of every kind are no exception.   Forget Uber’s itsy bitsy diddy self-driving cars, and Otto’s self-driving semi-trucks, if you want a robot to haul a...

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US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

US Navy’s autonomous submarine hunter begins operational trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Many navies around the world are going all in on autonomous boats, ships and platforms, the Sea Hunter will be the first of many such systems that enter service after 2017.   Main contractor Leidos has announced that it is starting operational trials of the...

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Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

Capable of full autonomy, we go inside the stealth destroyer USN Zumwalt

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF Invisible, smart, deadly and loaded with AI – the new autonomous-capable USS Zumwalt.   The look of the new 600 foot, $4 Billion USN destroyer Zumwalt, official designation DDG-1000, is easy to explain. The ship is designed to be stealthy and all of its sharp...

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Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Autonomous Roboats to sail the canals of Amsterdam

Cities might have a monopoly on driverless cars but Amsterdam has driverless ships The idea of self-driving cars cruising our roads may not be a new idea, but a plan to release autonomous boats into the canals of Amsterdam would be the first of its kind. The Amsterdam Institute for...

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The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

The world’s first fully autonomous warship aces sea trials

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF The US Navy’s trials of their first autonomous warship platform have been wildly successful.   The US Navy’s new unarmed Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel (ACTUV) Sea Hunter has completed its first round of sea trials and it aced all of its tests for speed, manoeuvrability,...

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America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

America launches the worlds first fully autonomous submarine hunter

WHY THIS MATTERS IN BRIEF We are entering the age of fully autonomous warfare and inevitably, one day, humans will not be in the loop   The US military have launched their first experimental, fully autonomous self-driving warship, dubbed Sea Hunter, and representing a major advance in robotic warfare, which...

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