Autonomous Vessels Sailing into Uncharted Waters

The Suzakua 95-meter, 749-ton container ship, made a 490-mile round trip between Tokyo Bay and Matsusaka Port in Tsu city on Feb. 26.

There was nothing special about the trip – except maybe the fact that the… Suzaku had no crew.

Seismic shifts

The Nippon Foundation, which deployed the ship, said: Suzaku operated under a fully autonomous navigation system, including remote control from the Fleet Operation Center in Chiba Prefecture.

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