Rolls Royce is thinking big. It wants future ships to sail the seas without any captain or crew on board.
Human beings are land-bound creatures. Yet that has never stopped us from venturing out into the open seas and engaging in voyages of discovery. From traversing small bodies of water all the way to crossing entire oceans, we have seen it all.
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The fact remains though that we don’t have to be out their on the tossing and turning seas which cause cases of scurvy, nausea and homesickness. Cargo ships in the future will probably not need any captain or crew on board.
The waterways are the best means of transporting heavy cargo over lengthy distances. The car company, Rolls Royce has diversified and come up with a plan that allows for automated shipping in the times which are yet to come.
The famous firm released a paper titled Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications. The Rolls Royce Vice President of Innovation spoke recently at a symposium that this is definitely going to happen.
He said that it was not a question of “if” but of “when”. The technology base already exists. The AAWA scheme is currently testing sensors in a series of environmental setups in Finland. An autonomous ship control system has been constructed too.
By the time 2025 rolls in, a complete remote controlled ship will have been made possible. It is all a matter of combining technologies and ideas in the bid to outdo ourselves in the innovation game. Creativity after all knows no bounds.
These crewless ships will be on their own and the only contact between them and human beings will be via drones which will visit them occasionally in order to check up whether some repair work need to be done or not.
The vision of ships without captains or crews is definitely bold and beautiful in its scope. The designing and testing will take place and as for the future safety and suitability of the autonomous ships, many trials will take place before the green signal is given for a maiden voyage.
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At first it was driverless cars and now it is ships without captains or crew members. One thinks to oneself how far we have come since the so-called good old days.