Rolls-Royce has unveiled its vision of the land-based control centres it believes will remotely monitor and control the unmanned ships of the future.
In a six minute film, Rolls-Royce presents a vision of the future in which a small crew of seven to 14 people monitor and control the operation of a fleet of vessels across the world. The crew uses interactive smart screens, voice recognition systems, holograms and surveillance drones to monitor what is happening both on board and around the ship.
Iiro Lindborg, general manager, remote and autonomous operations, ship intelligence, Rolls- Royce, said: “We are living in an ever-changing world where unmanned and remote-controlled transportation systems will become a common feature of human life. They offer unprecedented flexibility and operational efficiency. Our research aims to understand the human factors involved in monitoring and operating ships remotely. It identifies ways crews ashore can use tools to get a realistic feel for what is happening at sea.”
The film marks the final stage of research that will inform the design and construction of a project demonstrator before the end of this decade. An effective remote operations centre is essential to the company’s plans to develop autonomous and remote controlled vessels.
The film is available to view here.