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Nippon Yusen tests self-sailing cargo ship

Radar and positioning tech promises to cut collisions

Nippon Yusen's car carrier used for the trials: Human error is said to cause about 70% of ship collisions.

TOKYO -- Japanese marine shipper Nippon Yusen has run what it bills as the world's first trials of a self-navigating vessel, technology expected to ease crew workloads and improve safety.

Technology developed by group company Japan Marine Science uses radar and automatic identification system signals generated by ships to set courses that avoid collisions. Human error is said to cause about 70% of ship collisions.

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