Autonomous vehicles may soon operate on a scale far beyond cars and trucks. Shipbuilders and the shipping industry in Japan plan to deploy self-piloting ships by the year 2025, spending hundreds of millions of dollars to create an artificial intelligence system for enormous cargo conveyers, as Nikkei Asian Review reports. In the short term, the system would attempt to predict malfunctions and other potential problems. Eventually, the system would take over navigation and other operations, with a goal of cutting the rate of accidents in half. The project has competition, too: Norway has established a testing area for autonomous ships, while Rolls-Royce is developing technology for self-navigating ships.
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