Autonomous Vessels: How an Emerging Disruptive Technology Is Poised to Impact the Maritime Industry Much Sooner Than Anticipated
In the inaugural edition of RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law, of which Blank Rome Partner Elaine D. Solomon serves on the Board of Editors, Firm attorneys Sean Pribyl and Alan Weigel provide a brief history of autonomous vessel operations and discuss advanced automation in shipping and the perceived benefits and risks of this emerging technology.
The maritime industry is currently experiencing a sea change in technological disruption through the increased development of advanced automation on unmanned surface vessels (“USVs”). Automated vessel technology is rapidly transiting from the theoretical to the practical as the number and scope of unmanned vessel or autonomous ship projects increase around the globe. Once thought to be decades away from implementation into domestic maritime transportation systems, advanced automation aboard USVs is emerging now as a potentially viable alternative for some industry stakeholders to reduce operational costs, improve safety, and increase productivity and efficiency.
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“Autonomous Vessels: How an Emerging Disruptive Technology Is Poised to Impact the Maritime Industry Much Sooner Than Anticipated,” by Sean T. Pribyl and Alan M. Weigel was published in the January-February 2018 edition of RAIL: The Journal of Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & Law (Vol. 1, No. 1), a Fastcase, Inc. publication. Reprinted with permission.