A ship without a crew and with AI instead of a captain goes to Massachusetts

The ship without a crew and with AI as a captain today sets off on one of the world’s first autonomous transatlantic voyages – to collect data on the state of the ocean

The fully autonomous research vessel, the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), is the result of a collaboration between the non-profit marine research organization Promare and a global consortium of partners and research organizations, IBM. It will spend the next 6 months at sea. During its journey, MAS will use on-board data collection equipment to advance research on plastic pollution and global warming. The ship leaves Plymouth, UK today, September 16, heading for Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Artificial intelligence will be his only navigator during this unique journey. The AI captain will have to make many decisions and take into account a number of factors that can affect the sailing: for example, difficult weather conditions, potential collisions with other ships or icebergs. MAS is also equipped with a system that determines if the course offered by the AI is legal. The ship will repeat the route of the original Mayflower from 1620 – to mark the 400th anniversary of the famous voyage.