USCG seeks public view on autonomous ships

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A request for information (RFI) on autonomous and automated ships has been made in the Federal Register by the US Coast Guard.

The USCG is seeking to better understand, among other things, the intersection between artificial intelligence (AI) and automated or autonomous technologies aboard commercial vessels, and to better fulfil its mission of ensuring maritime safety, security, and stewardship.

This RFI will support the USCG’s efforts to accomplish its mission consistent with the policies and strategies set out in Executive Order (E.O.) 13859, “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.” The executive order issued by President Trump in February 2019 announced the policy of the US Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI research and development and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy.

The USCG is interested in hearing from the public on a range of issues related to the potential introduction and development of automated and autonomous technologies aboard commercial vessels or any automated and autonomous vessels subject to US jurisdiction and US port facilities. The USCG encourages participation from all interested parties and will consider all information, comments, and material received during the comment period outlined in the Federal Register post. Comments must be received by October 13, 2020.

The RFI is available here.

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