Smart Ports: When AI Takes Over Shipping

An autonomous truck is expected to arrive at the Port of Long Beach, Calif., seven minutes late after being rerouted to avoid a heavy-traffic zone. Fully automated cranes unloading containers from a self-piloting ship have been monitoring the truck’s route in real time and already have adjusted their loading schedule to account for the truck’s delay.

The above scenario is not merely the stuff of science fiction. Artificial intelligence and machine learning for both automated container port management and trucks and ships is already in use or under development in a few key ways.