Unmanned Navy boat patrols waters

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The Navy is advancing its development of Autonomous Maritime Navigation, using unmanned craft that can patrol waterways and ports without humans at the helm – and without humans at the joystick, for that matter.

Using technology adapted from NASA's Mars Rover, these unmanned boats are more like guard dogs than explorers, maneuvering independently through the water, gathering intelligence and serving as the Navy's eyes and ears – and occasionally, its voice.

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