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Here’s the Rolls-Royce boat of the future: Unmanned, space-age shipping

Rolls-Royce has unveiled the ship of the future, and it’s like something straight out of a sci-fi movie.

The British motoring giant has revealed concept technology that will allow for remote and autonomous shipping. Rolls-Royce showed off the space-age designs at Amsterdam’s Autonomous Ship Technology Symposium 2016 as part of its Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative (AAWA).

But enough of that; here are some fancy pictures:

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Speaking at the reveal, Oskar Levandar, VP of Innovation at Rolls-Royce, said: “This is happening. It’s not if, it’s when. The technologies needed to make remote and autonomous ships a reality exist.”

He continued:

“The AAWA project is testing sensor arrays in a range of operating and climatic conditions in Finland and has created a simulated autonomous ship control system which allows the behaviour of the complete communication system to be explored. We will see a remote controlled ship in commercial use by the end of the decade.”

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So when will these autonomous ships be cruising around our seas? Unfortunately, there’s no exact timeline for the shipping revolution, by Rolls-Royce is aiming for a “full scale proof of concept demonstrator” by the end of 2017.

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