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Old 12-05-2018, 12:17 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by RT Firefly View Post
I would like nothing better to hop on the boat, rig for some serious Gulf Stream trolling and tell the boat "Chub Key please". Fishin', nappin and dinner in the oven...
This one is going to come true. The commercial shipping world is moving toward unmanned vessels as fast as they can. A few tentative steps have already been taken. Research vessel drones also already exist.

Imagine a world where the majority of cargo and passenger vessels are autonomous. It won't take long before recreational boats are just about forced to plug into that network. For our own safety, if for no other reason.

Think about it. An autonomous boat is far easier to program than an autonomous road vehicle. You're far less likely to run over a pedestrian, for one thing!
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