Testing Begins on an Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ Ship ahead of its Atlantic Voyage

Testing Begins on an Autonomous ‘Mayflower’ Ship ahead of its Atlantic Voyage
Humans aren’t the only ones to have had their travel plans ruined by the coronavirus. A robot-powered boat that was due to cross the Atlantic this month has been forced to delay its voyage until next April after the virus caused complications in its development.

Plymouth University in partnership with Plymouth-based autonomous craft specialists MSubs and yacht designer Shuttleworth Design launched a project to design and build the world’s first, fully autonomous, unmanned research ship called Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship (MARS), in July 2015.

The autonomous 15-meter trimaran has been built to push the boundaries of autonomous shipping while gathering … Read More »