by Chuck Quirmbach, WUWM.com

 

by Chuck Quirmbach

Boats without on-board pilots or drivers are starting to make their way onto the world’s waters. You won’t find so-called autonomous boats on the Great Lakes just yet. But that could change over the next decade, at least for universities doing research.

During a recent demonstration in Milwaukee’s harbor near Discovery World , a diesel-powered yellow boat about 18 feet long went back and forth on the water.

A radio antenna on top of the aluminum boat took in signals from a transmitter on an upper floor of Discovery World. The commands helped direct the boat’s turns, although it

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