A self-driving, 132-foot military ship sits at a maritime terminal Monday, May 2, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Julie Watson)
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It's not only drones and driverless cars that may become the norm someday – ocean-faring ships might also run without captains or crews.The Pentagon Monday showed off the world's largest unmanned surface vessel, a self-driving 132-foot ship able to travel up to 10,000 nautical miles on its own to hunt for stealthy submarines and underwater mines.The military's research arm, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, in conjunction with the Navy will be testing the ship off the San Diego coast over the next two years to observe how it interacts with other vessels and avoids collisions. Unlike smaller, remote-controlled craft launched from ships, the so-called "Sea Hunter" is built to operate on its own.The program to develop the ship cost $120 million, though DARPA officials say the vessels can now be produced for about $20 million.
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