Autonomous systems partnership

Jake Frith

Rolls-Royce and Tampere University of Technology, Finland, have announced a strategic partnership to develop and test the technology to support systems necessary for autonomous navigation, enabling the first generation of autonomous ships.

Tampere University of Technology has extensive research expertise in intelligent machines and networked systems. The University’s research into autonomous systems looks at how huge quantities of data can be analysed, processed, and transferred, signal processing and human machine interaction. The University already has extensive experience of researching autonomous control systems in other industries most notably the mining and automotive sectors.

The partners will work towards developing and validating technologies using the University’s purpose built autonomous ship simulator.

In 2016, Rolls-Royce invested £1.3 billion on research and development

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