Rolls-Royce has announced it will collaborate with technology giant Intel to design a sophisticated intelligent shipping system that will make the industry safer and more efficient, according to a statement.
The system will advance, smart connected and data-centric systems for ship owners, operators, cargo owners and ports.
In doing so, it will bring together the expertise in advanced technology from Rolls-Royce with system engineering components from Intel.
A big focus of the initiative will be safety, and new ships will be equipped with the same technology that can be found in smart cities, autonomous cars and drones.
It will have data centre and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities, as well as cutting edge computing techniques that will manage navigation, obstacle detection and communications.
Kevin Daffey, Director, Engineering and Technology and Ship Intelligence commented: “We’re delighted to sign this agreement with Intel, and look forward to working together on developing exciting new technologies and products, which will play a big part in enabling the safe operation of autonomous ships.
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“This collaboration can help us to support ship owners in the automation of their navigation and operations, reducing the opportunity for human error and allowing crews to focus on more valuable tasks.
“Simply said, this project would not be possible without the leading-edge technology Intel brings to the table. Together, we’ll blend the best of the best, Intel and Rolls-Royce to change the world of shipping.”
Adrian Criddle, General Manager and Senior Vice-President of Intel UK said: “Rolls-Royce is a key driver of innovation in the shipping industry we are proud to be working with them on smart, connected and data-centric systems that will be a foundation for safe shipping operations around the world in the future.”