Rolls-Royce Holdings is Imagining Crewless Cargo Ships for the Future

By: Laura McQuarrie - Jun 28, 2016
References: rolls-royce & digitaltrends
Rolls-Royce Holdings is now in the phases of researching and developing concepts for an autonomous cargo ship for the year 2020 that could be controlled remotely. This autonomous shipping concept from Rolls-Royce Holdings was recently discussed at the Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium in Amsterdam, where it was also made known that tests for crewless ship systems are already being conducted in Finland.

While a captain is typically thought of as one of the most important people on a ship, Rolls-Royce Holdings imagines that a "captain" could be stationed just about anywhere in the world and given the ability to oversee the vessel.

One of the biggest advantages to a crewless ship is that it would not require any cabin space, which means that a higher volume of cargo can be transported.