Will computers captain cargo ships in the future?
At any given moment there are about 55,000 cargo ships at sea, carrying a heavy environmental cost when it comes to carbon emissions. If shipping, taken together, was considered a country, it would be the sixth-largest in the world in terms of carbon emissions. How can we make shipping by sea cleaner and more efficient? The European Union is running a project called Munin (Maritime Unmanned Navigation Through Intelligence in Networks). It is looking at concepts for partially or fully automated freight vessels, and recently reported that it has “not found any fundamental obstacles to the introduction of unmanned ships”. Read more on http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20140818-robot-ships-poised-to-set-sail