Not only self driving cars are coming, also autonomous vessels are on the start. The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) was successful on Crowdfunder.co.uk! Means, now we can expect more.
It is an autonomous vessel capable of conducting scientific research with the endurance and reliability to operate remotely in all corners of the globe. MAS will be 32 metres in length and displace 26 tonnes. A trimaran design gives the most efficient hull form for low speed motoring. The two masted wind surfer style sail rig will enable a top speed of around 15 knots.
The design is almost done and the construction of a scale model for wave tank testing will start soon. Once this is complete and any adjustments made, construction of the advanced composite carbon-fiber structure will begin.
It is expected that construction of the hull will begin in mid-2017 and take two years.
The company was formed, comprising of MSubs, ProMare (a charitable research foundation) and the Plymouth University.