The beginning of the Era of AUTONOMOUS SHIPS
Kongsberg autonomous ships
Rolls Royce shaping the future of unmanned cargo ships
Unmanned aircraft have already revolutionized warfares from the sky, and driverless cars are poised to over whole ground transportation. Now the next big transport development seems might be the beginning at the sea. Ship designers their operators and regulators are now considering the future in which cargo vessels sails the ocean with minimal or even no crew. Shipping company believes they will make them more automated and cut the fuel cost. Helping lead these sea changes British engine makers Rolls Royce holdings P&C, the company no longer affiliated with the luxury car manufacturer is working with universities and other companies to develop futuristic unmanned cargo ship that resembles some of the advanced combat drones. Using infrared detectors high-resolution cameras and laser sensors to monitor its surroundings the vessel would send the data back to command centers where staff monitor progress. The Rolls Royce coup completing the study concluding such vessels are feasible and offer big savings. The first steps are already been taken, the stellar fairy operated in the Boltec by FindFairies has been equipped with an ideal sensor that will spot other vessels and a new generation of satellites like Fleet Xpress is helping to transfer a massive amount of data from ship to shore more affordable and secure. Though there are some hurdles before fully autonomous ships can set sail. The United Nations armed overseeing global shipping still prohibits shipping operations without a crew. But that could change soon the British government-sponsored marine autonomous systems regulatory working group is reviewing permit regulations and hopes to convince the IMO to open the door for autonomous vessels before the end of the decade.