Autonomous ship collaboration

Posted on 31 Oct 2018 and read 424 times
Autonomous ship collaborationRolls-Royce ( and Intel ( are intending to collaborate on designs for advanced ‘intelligent shipping systems’ that will make commercial shipping safer.

This collaboration will advance smart, connected and data-centric systems for ship owners, operators, cargo owners and ports, bringing together the expertise in advanced ship technology from Rolls-Royce with components and systems engineering from Intel.

The companies say that with a focus on safety, new ships will have systems with the same technology found in smart cities, autonomous cars and drones, adding that the components embedded in these systems will include Intel Field Programmable Gate Array technology aimed at solving the design challenges associated with shipping intelligence by providing engineers with a flexible platform and the IP and components for edge operations such as obstacle detection and navigation.

Also embedded are Intel Xeon Scaleable Processors optimised for High Performance Computing (HPC) technology for managing the complex modelling of ship functions; and advanced memory and storage facilities from Intel to ensure ship ‘intelligence systems’ are not only reliable and responsive but also support extracting maximum value from the data generated through real-time analysis and systems modelling.

Adrian Criddle, general manager of Intel UK, said: “Rolls-Royce is a key driver of innovation in the shipping industry, and we are proud to be working with them on smart, connected and data-centric systems that will be a foundation for safe shipping operations around the world.”

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