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AI-driven robot Mayflower sails back after fault develops - BBC News

AI-driven robot Mayflower sails back after fault develops - BBC News
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A crewless ship designed to recreate the Mayflower s historic journey across the Atlantic 400 years ago is returning to the UK after developing a fault.

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship (MAS) set sail on Tuesday on a 3,500-mile (5,630km) journey from Plymouth in the UK to Massachusetts in the US.

Project bosses said it had "just a minor mechanical issue" which they planned to assess and repair.

The voyage to the US had been expected to take about three weeks.

The 50ft (15m) long solar-powered trimaran is capable of speeds of up to 10 knots (20km/h) and is being navigated by on-board artificial intelligence (AI) with information from six cameras and 50 sensors.
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