Automated shipping coming to Europe's waters

Automated shipping coming to Europe’s waters

With labor shortages growing, European researchers are designing ships to sail without human intervention! There are already two in action to date

Moving more goods by water could reduce pressure on roads and cut emissions, yet Europe’s shipping industry is held back by labour shortages. Automated shipping—which would work in a similar way to self-driving cars—could help expand capacity but safety and regulatory hurdles remain.

Imagine a ship sailing into port, only with no captain on the bridge, and nobody to be seen on board. In the past such a vessel might have been known as a ghost ship, but in the future it might just be our new normal.

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