Cars and planes aren’t the only vehicles getting automated. Boats are joining the race, too, and could be out on the open water sooner rather than later. Sea Machines Robotics CEO Michael Johnson is on the front lines of commercial marine vessel innovation. The goal of these autonomous ships isn’t to eliminate captains and crews – the ships still need human supervision from land – but to assist people, and make certain things (like cleaning up oil spills) easier. Human distraction and fatigue are real issues, and Johnson believes autonomous boats are the answer.  

Johnson explained,

“The traditionally crewed boat has certain limitations and a Sea Machine combines a sound hull form with modern sensors and control systems and can perform long duration, repetitive, or dangerous work boat tasks more efficiently and more safely than a manned vessel.”


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