Cargo Ships of the Future Could Use Augmented Reality [W/Video]
One of today's big and bright ideas is the autonomous vehicle. And while that may end up being a great permanent solution for land movers in years to come, what does the future look like on the sea? Augmented reality may be the next innovation in the foreseeable future. In 2025, when most cars will be driving themselves, cargo ship captains could very well be using a version of augmented reality to command their vessels. Replacing the outdated control center found on most of today’s cargo ships, the sleek, minimalist new cabin would feature top-to-bottom windows that act as a head-up display (similar to the one found on many vehicles). RELATED: Johammer Electric Motorcycle is a Wildly Futuristic Way to Ride
The head-up display would give captains information such as route guidance, speed, weather, and much, much more. It would even give those at the helm the opportunity to traverse the shortest route, and avoid any in-sea obstacles (e.g., icebergs). Which you can see here:
Developed by VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Rolls-Royce, this augmented reality concept is more than just a pipe dream. Considering Rolls’ history in the space, and the capital to back it up, this conceptual rendering may become reality sooner than you would imagine with Rolls-Royce already beginning tests on a first round of systems.
“In terms of the technology required, operating a container vessel by remote control is already a real possibility,” reads the VTT press release via Wired. “However, before fully unmanned vessels can be launched on seas, widespread public approval is also required.”
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Rolls and VTT hope to begin rolling out their augmented reality systems in the next few years, and then begin work on a fully autonomous system for even further down the line.
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