AI-Powered Research Vessel ‘Mayflower Autonomous Ship’ To Set Sail in 2020

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A global group has formed in order to build the world’s first fully-size autonomous research vessel, which will recreate the 1620 journey of the Mayflower colony ship.

IBM, the University of Plymouth and marine research firm ProMare have begun the development of the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) which will attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean in September of 2020.

The ship will be equipped with IBM Power System accelerated servers as well as RADAR, automated identification systems and LIDAR sensors. These sensors on the vessel will help it navigate the ocean enabling it to detect hazards like ships, buoys and debris.

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