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Going beyond autonomous cars — to ships

from Electronic Component News

Even radar, navigation systems, GPS tracking and radio communications don't prevent ships from colliding. In 2017, collisions and groundings made up nearly 40% of all marine accidents, and over half of the total casualties. These incidents were primarily caused by human error. Researchers at USC Viterbi School of Engineering are attempting to remove, or at least minimize, the need for human decision in ship navigation. They are developing an automated system that instead relies on both data analytics and artificial intelligence. "One main intention for autonomous ships is really for the safety purpose," said Professor Yan Jin, member of the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and project lead. "We're all human and sometimes we make mistakes due to different situations. But if we have an autonomous kind of decision-making computer program, it would constantly make suggestions to humans." more

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