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Quite Aside From Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - What About Drone Cargo Ships?

Drone ships may be the next generation of shipping. Rolls Royce recently launched a $7.2m autonomous ship project intended to pave the way for drone vessels.

The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce specifications and preliminary designs for next generation ship solutions. The project will run through 2017.

The primary aims of the project is traffic reduction in the European waterways, which will aim at complying with environmental requirements as well as reducing costs. By eliminating the kitchens, mess decks and living quarters required for mariners, the Rolls Royce unmanned ship could potentially store more cargo and expend less fuel.

The project is funded by Tekes, a Finnish Funding Agency for Technology Innovation, and Rolls Royce.

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The Advanced Autonomous Waterborne Applications Initiative will produce specifications and preliminary designs for next generation ship solutions. The project will run through 2017.

The primary aims of the project is traffic reduction in the European waterways, which will aim at complying with environmental requirements as well as reducing costs. By eliminating the kitchens, mess decks and living quarters required for mariners, the Rolls Royce unmanned ship could potentially store more cargo and expend less fuel.

The project is funded by Tekes, a Finnish Funding Agency for Technology Innovation, and Rolls Royce.

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