Rolls-Royce drone ships challenge $375 billion industry

In an age of aerial drones and driver-less cars, Rolls-Royce is designing unmanned cargo ships.

26th February, 2014
Drone ships would be safer, cheaper and less polluting, say some in the industry.

In an age of aerial drones and driver-less cars, Rolls-Royce is designing unmanned cargo ships.

Rolls-Royce’s Blue Ocean development team has set up a virtual-reality prototype at its office in Alesund, Norway, that simulates 360-degree views from a vessel’s bridge. Eventually, the London-based manufacturer of engines and turbines says, captains on dry land will use similar control centers to command hundreds of crewless ships.

Drone ships would be safer, cheaper and...

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