The cargo ship completed the journey without human intervention for 99% of the trip. The ship docked at the port of Tsumatsusaka in the Ise Bay, whilst avoiding between 400-500 other vessels on the water at the same time.
Orca AI developed the autonomous software used by the ship which is powered by artificial intelligence and deep learning. The software enabled the ship to complete its journey while avoiding hundreds of possible collisions.
Real time data from cameras onboard the Suzaka, were monitored live in Tokyo.
Yarden Gross, the co-founder and chief executive of Orca AI was interviewed by Ian King on Sky News on Thursday about the “significant milestone”.
According to Orca AI, its safety navigation system was set up on the cargo ship to operate as a “human watchkeeper,” providing real-time detection, tracking, classification, and range estimation using 18 onboard cameras, combined to provide a 360° view.
Orca AI has been working in partnership with Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK Line) to test its safety system for autonomous ships.
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