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The Electric, Driverless Revolution Is About to Hit the High Seas

  • Fully electric ship Yara Birkeland to be launched next year
  • Will be controlled remotely in 2019, fully automated by 2020
YARA Birkeland

YARA Birkeland

Source: YARA

It’s not just in Google laboratories that the revolution in electric, driverless transportation is gathering pace: a Norwegian shipping company is aiming to be able to deliver cargoes by sea on unmanned vessels from 2020.

The fully electric, zero emissions YARA Birkeland will set sail next year in Europe, Oslo-based Yara International ASA said a statement Saturday. By 2019 it will be able to work by remote control and at the start of the next decade it will be able to deliver on a fully automated basis. The container ship, being built by Kongsberg Gruppen ASA, will transport fertilizer.