It is the future of shipping – and there’s not a single sailor on board.

Rolls Royce has revealed plans for fleets of ‘drone ships’ to ferry carry around the world – all controlled from a central ‘holodeck’.  It believes an entirely unmanned ship could take to the seas by 2020.

Rolls Royce said it has already begun testing the technology needed to make the ships a reality, and expected them to take to the sea by the end of the decade.

Fleets of the robot boats could be controlled by a single operator using holographic displays. Cameras would beam 360-degree views from the drone ship back to operators based in a virtual bridge.

Rolls Royce is already testing a VR system in Norway for navigating the vessel remotely to steer them to their destinations.The firm eventually hopes it would be able to remove all crew from the ship.

Read more: Rolls Royce reveals remote controlled ‘roboships’ will take to the sea by 2020 | Daily Mail Online

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Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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