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Japan aims to launch self-piloting ships by 2025

Marine transport companies, shipbuilders collaborating on AI navigation system

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Ships could soon be piloted by computers, leading to safer oceans.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's shipbuilders and maritime shippers are teaming up to make self-navigating ships a reality by 2025, hoping to lead global development on a project that should dramatically reduce accidents at sea.

Participants including shippers Mitsui O.S.K. Lines and Nippon Yusen plan to split costs and share expertise. Developing the technology is expected to cost tens of billions of yen, or hundreds of millions of dollars, at a minimum.

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