Norway’s Kongsberg to launch prototype autonomous electric cargo ship next year

Norway’s Kongsberg to launch prototype autonomous electric cargo ship next year

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With all the autonomous vehicles roaming our streets these days, we could almost forget the world’s second most popular means of transport: the boat. Thanks to a sensor network based on cameras, radars, infrared systems, GPS and sonars to monitor maritime space, Norwegian company Kongsberg has announced the development of a fully automated electric container ship prototype for next year. The objective is to create a shuttle between Porsgrunn, south of Oslo, and the ports of Brevik and Larvik, to transport the fertilizer produced by agtech firm Yara on the borders of the North Sea. The fertilizer is currently being transported by trucks.

 

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