Robot ships: Huge remote controlled vessels are setting sail


It may seem like something out of science fiction: unmanned ocean-going ships. However, this futuristic vision is becoming a reality sooner than expected. In a Norwegian fjord, a large, lime-green vessel is undergoing testing, appearing much like any other ship at first glance. Yet, upon closer inspection, it reveals a suite of cutting-edge technology, including cameras, microphones, radars, GPS, and various satellite communication systems.

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