I am continuing to publish my articles on RTInsights; here is a taste of my article on autonomous naval vessels. To read the full article go to https://www.rtinsights.com/why-the-u-s-military-is-gung-ho-about-autonomous-boats/
The U.S. Navy is investing in autonomous boats for reconnaissance, payload delivery, and acting as decoys. but it is clear they can do more than that both militarily and eventually in the private sector.
Unlike autonomous motorcycles, autonomous boats make sense at first glance, as well as after considering them for several hours. Boats are useful for transporting goods and people over long distances. Given the terrors of the sea, the promise of a boat in which fewer humans are at risk is a real boon.
Given the breadth of the subject of autonomous boats, it is best to discuss it in parts. To begin, I’ll look at the United States Armed Forces’ work in naval automation, especially because the technology they develop can be applied to civilian use.