A fully autonomous ship tracing the journey of the Mayflower is being built by a UK-based team, with help from tech firm IBM. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship, or MAS, will launch from Plymouth in the UK in September 2020. Its voyage will mark the 400th anniversary of the pilgrim ship which brought European settlers to America in 1620. IBM is providing artificial intelligence systems for the ship. The vessel will make its own decisions on its course and collision avoidance, and will even make expensive satellite phone calls back to base if it deems it necessary.
Stop us if you've heard this one before. Four-hundred years ago next fall, a ship called the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth, England, to the New World. It carried 102 passengers, made up of English Puritans, known today as the Pilgrims. Once they arrived at their destination, they established Plymouth Colony and signed the document that became a rudimentary first draft of modern democracy in America. Next year, to mark the fourth centenary of the Mayflower voyage, another ship will follow in its wake, traveling from Plymouth in the United Kingdom across the Atlantic.
A cutting-edge, £1 million robot ship will cross the Atlantic Ocean unmanned next year to commemorate 400 years since the maiden voyage of the Mayflower to the USA. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) will set off on its pioneering, 2,750-mile trip in September 2020, following in the trail of its namesake 400 years earlier. The 15-metre long, catamaran-style ship will be powered by state-of-the-art renewable energy. It will be unmanned but will have marine AI on board, and will be steered from a control room in Plymouth, Devon - where the original Mayflower set off from. It will carry three research pods, containing sensors and other equipment, which scientists hope will pave the way for ground-breaking research into ocean conditions for autonmous navigation.
It is a route that first brought the Pilgrims from England to Plymouth in 1620. Now, the route of the Mayflower is set to be followed again - by a entirely autonomous high tech ship. Called the Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS), the unmanned ship runs entirely on renewable energy, and will sail on the 400th anniversary of the pilgrims' voyage from England to America. Researches have revived the Mayflower for another journey across the Atlantic, but its design has a modern twist. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) is set to sail in 2020 and take the same route as the pilgrims did in 1620.
IBM has joined efforts to build a fully autonomous ship capable of journeying across the Atlantic. The tech giant announced on Wednesday that it will participate in a global consortium designed to help materialize the ship, called the Mayflower, which will make the same voyage as its namesake that originally carried pilgrims to what's now the continental US. Once completed, the self-navigating craft is slated to make a 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic on September 2020 - a date that coincides with a 400-year anniversary for the original Mayflower's voyage. Using artificial intelligence designed by IBM, the Mayflower is being built to adeptly avoid ocean obstacles and complete it's journey from Plymouth England to Plymouth Massachusetts free of any human intervention. IBM and partner Promare, a marine research organization, are positioning the ship as a way of advancing research via reducing barriers like cost and human resources.