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.