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In this photo taken on Monday, Aug. 27, 2018, A robotic boat operated by a team from China’s Shanghai Jiaotong University undergoes testing at the World Robot Sailing Championship in Southampton, England. The contest and a related competition, a trans-Atlantic race known as the Microtransat Challenge, are aimed at stimulating development of autonomous sailboat technology. (AP Photo/Kelvin Chan)

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All summer, the small boat drifted steadily eastward across the churning North Atlantic until it neared the Irish coast, where it made history by becoming the first unmanned sailboat to cross the Atlantic.

By KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer September 4, 2018