It is been revealed today that Intel and Rolls-Royce have teamed up to build large autonomous cargo vessels that will rely on Intel technology to navigate the oceans without human crews on board. To accomplish this Intel will be providing access to their Field Programmable Gate Array technology, enabling Rolls-Royce solve design challenges and provide the components needed for obstacle detection and navigation. Watch the promotional trailer below to learn more about what you can expect in the near future. “At least 70 percent of the 1,000 large ship losses over the past decade was caused by human error”
Kevin Daffey, Director of Engineering and Technology at Rolls-Royce, explained in the statement. “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. 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.”
“We are pioneering a major advance in ship safety with the introduction of our new Intelligent Awareness (IA) system. IA is an advisory system that enhances the situational awareness of vessel surroundings, critical to decision making, through intelligent data fusion. This enables safer operation in challenging and complex environments and improves operational efficiency.”
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