March 9, 2017

Rolls-Royce ship intelligence R&D centre to Turku

Rolls-Royce's land-based control centre concept seeks to enable smooth sailing for remote and autonomous shipping.
Rolls-Royce's land-based control centre concept seeks to enable smooth sailing for remote and autonomous shipping.
Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce is taking a significant step towards making remote and autonomous shipping a reality.

The British giant has received a significant research grant from Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation. The funding will enable Rolls-Royce to invest further in a research and development centre in the Finnish city of Turku.

The company plans to carry out further development projects there focused on the future development of land-based control centres, and the use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous shipping operations.

“Finland is the home of top ICT expertise and a strong maritime cluster,” says SVP Sauli Eloranta of Rolls-Royce. “That is why Rolls-Royce has decided to establish the centre in Turku.”

The centre will be opened this year.

Rolls-Royce is looking at further funding and capability opportunities in countries including Finland, Norway, UK and Singapore to develop its ship intelligence technology and build customer partnerships worldwide.

The announcement follows the news last year that Rolls-Royce and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland have embarked on a strategic partnership to design, test and validate the first generation of remote and autonomous ships. Alongside VTT, Rolls-Royce’s strategic partners on the R&D centre also include Tampere University of Technology, together with numerous SMEs and start-ups specialising in novel technologies.

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