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TECHNICAL STUDIES IN CARGO HANDLING. VIII. REEXAMINATION OF AUTOMATED SHIPS
CALIFORNIA UNIV LOS ANGELES
The economic problem of automating ships, using some of the experience gained in developing electronic military systems, is explored. The proposed concept consists of a freighter which would be controlled and navigated automatically by shipborne instrumentation and would be monitored by means of telemetered communication to a shore-based human operator. If necessary the operator could override the shipborne control AND CONTROL THE SHIP REMOTELY BY A RADIO LINK. At sea, the automatic computer control would navigate the ship according to a programmed course. When the ship neared its destination it would stop automatically to await the pilot who would board and take over manual control, to complete the docking of the vessel. Although the ship would be internally controlled, i.e., redirecting its course as it senses various environmental and internal conditions, there would be a land-based monitoring station. The station would receive telemetered information on the ships position, course, speed, engine parameters and fuel level. Author