#Rolls-Royce to Use #Google Machine Learning in Quest for Autonomous Ships – gCaptain
A conceptual design by Rolls-Royce of an 1,000 TEU unmanned feeder vessel. Image credit: Rolls-Royce
Rolls-Royce has signed a deal with Google to gain access to the tech giant’s intelligent awareness systems to help make existing vessels safer and eventually leading to the development of autonomous, unmanned ships.
The agreement, believed to be the first in the marine sector, was signed Tuesday at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden. It allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine to further train the company’s artificial intelligence (AI) based object classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects a vessel can encounter at sea. The Google Cloud Machine Learning Engine uses the same neural net-based machine intelligence software that powers many of Google’s products, including image and voice search.