Autonomous Ships

Autonomous Ships from Sea Machines on Cruise Control

In our brave new world of contactless contact, automation is accelerating, whether it’s robots sanitizing hospital rooms or AI managing queues at retail operations. The trend is even spurring drone delivery by air and by ground-based robotic vehicles for last-mile deliveries. The eccentric billionaire that everyone loves to hate and short sell, Elon Musk, claims […]

Some Companies Working on Autonomous Boats

If you’ve ever taken a cruise, you know that it’s nothing like The Love Boat, a TV series from the 1970s and 1980s where people with bad hair hook up and get sunburned while sipping overpriced cocktails. OK, maybe the show was exactly like going on a real cruise. (We always thought it was amazing […]

How to Avoid a Collision Between Two Boats Using AI

In our recent article on the State of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in China, we talked about how the bright minds at Tsinghua University have counted upwards of 4,925 AI enterprises worldwide that have AI technologies or products as their core operations. It seems like the pace is slowing, and now we’ll see some consolidation as all […]

10 Startups Making Ocean Container Shipping Easier

We’re not sure when the term sailor went out of vogue, but we now call those guy seafarers – all 1.6 million of them that pilot the 68,723 merchant ships that navigate our world’s oceans. We say “guys” because 98% of seafarers are males, a fact that may be partially explained by the fact that women […]

Spire CubeSat Satellites Will Enable Drone Ships

In a recent article, we talked about the potential of drone cargo shipping. Why is there so much talk about autonomous cars, when the potential of autonomous shipping sounds so much more feasible and safe?  While the technology for drone shipping is in development at the moment, there’s one thing that’s keeping drone ships from becoming a […]

Drone Boats and Drone Cargo Shipping by 2025?

While everyone is talking about flying delivery drones and autonomous cars, there exists a massive opportunity for this same type of technology to be applied to cargo shipping. With 90% of all world trade carried out by the international shipping industry, there are around 55,000 merchant ships carrying cargo around the world right now under […]