Companies want to make freight transport by sea safer through commercial, connected and autonomous commercial vessels.
Rolls-Royce plans to invest in intelligent cargo ships equipped with Intel technology to navigate the oceans without any human crew on board. The idea is to create a fleet of intelligent and connected ships, able to sail independently with greater security. The vessels will be equipped with the same technologies present in smart cities, in autonomous automobiles and drones.
The navigation system will have artificial intelligence and sophisticated computing capabilities, independently taking routes, obstacle detection and communications through Intel Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) technology. Computing will be guaranteed by Intel Xeon scalable processors and Intel Optane SSDs and 3D NAND to ensure the confidence and response of intelligence systems.
The goal is to reduce human error during operations and navigation, allowing the crew to focus on other important tasks. It is reported that about 70% of the 1,000 incidents involving large ships over the last 10 years was due to human error.
Another advantage of autonomous control, with members watching ground operations, is the release of the camaras in exchange for more cargo space. In addition to reducing operating and crew costs, intelligent systems can reduce the likelihood of loss of ships.