The autonomous ferry, referred to as Milliampere 2, will take passengers across the canal in Trondheim and will be monitored by researchers throughout.

Could replace bridges and tunnels

If successful, this technology can replace expensive and less eco-friendly bridges and tunnels which are traditionally used for urban mobility around waterways. According to Morten Breivik, Associate Professor at NTNU’s Department of Engineering Cybernetics, “These ferries will be significantly cheaper to operate than staffed ferries and can be more easily deployed on multiple routes.”

This technology is not just a Norwegian phenomenon but is attracting interest across the world through Zeabuz, a company that has commercialised NTNU’s technology. In recent months they have been attracting interest from the organisers of Paris 2024 and will soon launch an autonomous ferry in Stockholm, alongside the Norwegian ferry company, Torghatten.

Public participation

Members of the public can participate in these trials for the next three weeks and the only question that remains is, ‘Will you brave a ferry journey with no captain on board?’

Find out more information about the trials here.