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Move over drones, driverless cars — unmanned ship up next
Published in 3-5-2016
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The Pentagon on Monday showed off the world's largest unmanned surface vessel, a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10,000 nautical miles on its own to hunt for stealthy submarines and underwater mines. The military's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, in conjunction with the Navy will be testing the ship off the San Diego coast over the next two years to observe how it interacts with other vessels and avoids collisions. Unmanned ships will supplement missions to help keep service members out of harm's way, Adams said. Besides military leaders, the commercial shipping industry will be watching the ship's performance during the trial period.