Finland tests world’s first AI ferry boat

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A harbour icebreaker and tugboat Kraft passing Silja Symphony when breaking the ice in the Helsinki South Port basin.

Finland tests world’s first AI ferry boat


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A ferry boat driven by artificial intelligence, called Falco, has been tested in Finland after being developed by Finferries and Rolls-Royce.

The vessel still requires some crew, albeit onshore, to control it remotely as the ship had trouble identifying an elk swimming in the sea, otherwise quite capable of making its way through choppy seas from the island of Pargas to Nagu in the Turku Archipelago.

Remote operated ferries could help further develop the shipping sector as Finnish companies hope to take expand into long-haul shipping.

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