A test site for unmanned ships that is over 770 square kilometers in size off the coast of Zhuhai city in south China's Guangdong Province was put into formal use Friday.
The test site, located off the Wanshan Islands, is open to both civilian and military applications. Its northern sea area is 21.6 square km, while the southern sea area is 750 square km. The base is on Xiaowanshan Island that is 5.7 square km.
The Zhuhai city government, China Classification Society, Wuhan University of Technology and Oceanalpha, an unmanned surface vessel company, signed a MoU in December 2017 to build the first test site for unmanned ships in Asia, said Lu Xiaofeng, deputy mayor of Zhuhai.
It is designed to emulate, test and verify functions of unmanned ships, including route planning, tracking, berthing and departure, and welcomes global industry-university-research cooperation, according to an administrator of the site.