Mayflower AI drone sails 4,400 km from UK to Canada autonomously

The AI-powered autonomous ship Mayflower was able to sail from the UK to Canada, covering 4,400 km in water.

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The ship is an IBM development.The starting point for the trimaran was Plymouth. Initially, the autonomous ship was heading to Massachusetts, but along the way, due to technical difficulties, it was decided to change course. The Mayflower went to Halifax.

Mayflower is the 15th vessel that operates fromsolar batteries. The ship can move at speeds up to 20 km/h. Six cameras and 50 sensors are installed on board, which allow obtaining water samples, data on temperature, sounds, salinity, etc.

The role of the navigator was tried on by the artificial intelligence of IBM. The company said that the purpose of creating an unmanned Mayflower is to demonstrate the progress of technology over the past 400 years.

Recall that the original Mayflowercrossed the Atlantic in 1620. It took him two months to travel from Plymouth to Massachusetts, and on board was a crew of 30 people. The unmanned ship was supposed to complete its journey in three weeks.

Source: IBM

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