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Governments and private companies are trying to apply autonomous travel to ships and other maritime vessels.
There's a good chance boats of the future might not need fuel, ship hands or even a captain to navigate the seas.
And military forces are even harnessing the technology. Last year, an autonomous, submarine-hunting warship aptly named Sea Hunter was christened. It doesn't need humans to navigate obstacle-filled waters.
And small Navy ships can use the tech, too. In 2014, officials demonstrated 13 ships, some autonomous and some remote-controlled, could find an enemy vessel and escort a target to safety.
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