• Plymouth University is calling the project Mayflower Autonomous Research Ship, or MARS. Plymouth company MSubs will lead the project's construction, but there's potential regulatory issues with bodies such as the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency.
  • The ship will be designed by Shuttleworth Design, and early renders show it has two outriggers. The researchers plan to try out new navigation software as well as alternative forms of power, including wind.
  • The researchers believe this project has the "potential to transform and influence the future of world shipping." Autonomous ships hold the potential to drastically cut shipping costs.

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