Rolls Royce are working on a new project for robotic ships and the company has published a whitepaper on what it thinks the future of autonomous ships will be. The company explained that the technology needed to make autonomous ships already exists and that we could have the first robotic ships on the ocean by 2020.
Speaking at the Symposium Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce, Vice President of Innovation – Marine, said: “This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist. The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behaviour of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade.”
The AAWA whitepaper explores the research carried out to date on the business case for autonomous applications, the safety and security implications of designing and operating remotely operated ships, the legal and regulatory dimensions and the existence and readiness of a supplier network to deliver commercially applicable products in the short to medium term.
You can find out more details about Rolls Royce plans for autonomous ships at the link below.