In its March/April issue, Maritime Review magazine shared a Sea Machines article that explains the difference between marine autonomy and autopilot systems. The story shares details about the primary advantages of autonomous marine technology over autopilot, which at a glance include:
Obstacle detection and collision avoidance on the water
Automatic adjustment of vessel behavior between waypoints through all sea conditions
Integration with on-board vessel systems, such as AIS data, radar and on-board cameras
Optional human control of vessels
The Maritime Review is published bimonthly on behalf of the Maritime League.