A crewless, AI-powered boat from IBM has crossed the Atlantic. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) has arrived safely in North America – unfortunately in the wrong port. […]
After a few attempts and a year and a half of delay, IBM’s Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) has crossed the Atlantic. In the end, the unmanned boat, which navigates with a concentrated load of AI, took 40 days for the 5600-kilometer crossing, as can be found on the corresponding website of the blue Giant. But instead of arriving in Plymouth Rock in the US state of Massachusetts as planned, the ship had to head for Halifax in the Canadian province of Nova Scotia due to technical problems.
The background for the Atlantic crossing of the MAS is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower, which set sail on September 16, 1620 in Plymouth, England, and whose passengers settled the coastal region at the future Plymouth in Massachusetts.
IBM’s Mayflower is controlled by software that collects real-time data from six cameras and 50 sensors. The application, equipped with a lot of artificial intelligence, was previously trained using IBM’s “PowerAI Vision” technique. The boat is a 15 meter long trimaran, consisting of a main hull and two narrower secondary hulls. It is powered by solar energy, but has a diesel engine as a backup. With its electric motors, the boat can reach up to 10 knots.