Autonomous robot ship collects critical data on ocean and marine life

Animation showing the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS)
Animation showing the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) Copyright Hand-out/IBM newsroom
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By Doloresz Katanich with AP
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The AI-driven Mayflower ship is on a mission to save our sealife.


One of the world's first fully autonomous ships has just set sail to carry out crucial marine research.

The Mayflower is designed to provide a safe, flexible and cost-effective way of gathering data about the ocean. It will work alongside scientists and other autonomous vessels to learn more about global warming and marine conservation. The 'AI robot captain' built by ProMare and IBM developers gives the ship the ability to sense, think and make decisions at sea with no human captain or onboard crew.

The new generation Mayflower set sail on 16th September 2020. It marks the 400th anniversary of the historic Atlantic crossing in 1620 that carried the Pilgrims from England to Plymouth, Massachusetts.

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