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The Coast Guard is Seeking input regarding the introduction and development of automated and autonomous commercial vessels. Comments must be received on or before October 13, 2020

The United States Coast Guard announced in the Federal Register a Request for Information (RFI). The Coast Guard is seeking to better understand, among other things, the intersection between artificial intelligence (AI) and automated or autonomous technologies aboard commercial vessels, and to better fulfill its mission of ensuring our Nation’s maritime safety, security, and stewardship.

This RFI will support the Coast Guard’s efforts to accomplish its mission consistent with the policies and strategies articulated in Executive Order (E.O.) 13859, “Maintaining American Leadership in Artificial Intelligence.”  The executive order announced the policy of the United States Government to sustain and enhance the scientific, technological, and economic leadership position of the United States in AI research and development and deployment through a coordinated Federal Government strategy.

The Coast Guard is interested in hearing from the public on a range of issues related to the potential introduction and development of automated and autonomous technologies aboard commercial vessels or any automated and autonomous vessels subject to U.S. jurisdiction and U.S. port facilities. The Coast Guard encourages participation from all interested parties and will consider all information, comments, and material received during the comment period outlined in the Federal Register post.

You may submit comments identified by docket number USCG-2019-0698 using the Federal eRulemaking Portal . See the “Public Participation and Request for Comments” portion of the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for further instructions on submitting comments.

Comments must be received by the Coast Guard on or before October 13, 2020.
Document Citation: 85 FR 48548
Docket Number: USCG-2019-0698
Publication Date: Aug 11, 2020.

This alert is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official publications, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These publications remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.