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Water transport has long been a good alternative to rail and road, especially in the Netherlands. A major problem, however, is that the fleet of modern shipping vessels that the Dutch are familiar with will not be able to continue sailing in the not too distant future due to a lack of skilled personnel. Scientists from the German University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) are, however, working on a system of remotely controlled and autonomous inland vessels.

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Author profile picture Petra Wiesmayer is a journalist and author who has conducted countless interviews with high-profile individuals and researched and written general entertainment, motorsports, and science articles for international publications. She is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.As an avid science fiction fan she is fascinated by technology that could shape the future of mankind and enjoys reading and writing about it.