It would seem that anything Tesla, Apple and Google can do, Rolls-Royce can do much, much bigger.
In addition to autonomous cars grabbing a lot of the recent technology headlines, reports yesterday suggest that Rolls-Royce could take things one step further with their plans to launch crewless ships in the next three years.
The pace of change being driven by increased automation and autonomy of applications is leaving no industry untouched from progress, but also familiar conflicts (efficiency and profits versus lack of human oversight and some jobs).
If nothing else, the report provides a well-timed distraction from Rolls-Royce announcing record losses today. What is clear, however, is that the demand for market-leading technological expertise and IP will be an ever increasing driver for in-house development and corporate acquisitions for years to come.
Rolls-Royce is planning to release the first of its fleet of crewless ships by 2020. The engineering giant is working with government-backed groups across northern Europe on the autonomous vessels.The company estimates that the move could cut sea transport costs by as much as 20%.