An autonomous boat has made history on a cargo run from the UK to Belgium, carrying a box of oysters, reports the BBC. The vessel, which is small enough to fit inside a shipping container, drew on a range of technologies to protect it in one of the world's busiest shipping lanes.
According to the boat's owner, SEA-KIT International, the trip was the first commercial crossing of the North Sea to be made by an autonomous vessel. The crossing was supported by a number of partners, including the UK's Department for Transport and the European Space Agency, said the BBC.
Having reached Belgium, the vessel dropped off its shellfish cargo and set out on its return journey – this time loaded with Belgian beer.