Friday Focus: Thales Opens Automation Centre
Thales, a specialist in autonomous maritime and aerospace technology, has opened a new centre for the Maritime Autonomy Centre in Plymouth, UK.
The Thales UK Maritime Autonomy Centre is designed to enable the testing of major autonomy programmes.
Automation is a key goal for the UK maritime industry. In October 2018, the government announced a new partnership with industry leader L3 ASV to research the potential of autonomous navigation in ships.
The new centre was officially opened at a ceremony attended by Gary Streeter, MP for South West Devon, who praised Thales’ innovation.
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He said: “We’ve been talking for many years about bringing together the maritime and the intellectual capacity, and what Thales is really doing in opening this centre is bringing this dream into reality.”
Patrick Hartop, Head of City Deal, Plymouth City Council, was also present and said: “This really fast-tracks us into the future the and the 21st century, it’s a very important step for us”.
Chris Wardman, Sales and Business Development Manager, Thales, also commented: We’ve shown the minister a different way of thinking.
“It is a much better way, a more collaborative way of bringing technology to the forefront”.