Autonomous vehicles and drones that are capable of delivering products on their own will likely invade the industry in the near future
Autonomous vehicles and drones that are capable of delivering products on their own will likely invade the industry in the near future. When self-driving cars become the norm, the shipping industry will become significantly more efficient. This is plain to see when considering that the cost of fuel will significantly decrease and the room for human error will nearly be depleted. Self-driving cars will definitely be a revolution for the shipping industry. For example, Rolls-Royce. Rolls-Royce has recently invested in the creation of the so-called “unmanned” or “automated” ships. The building of such vessels is going to be the revolution in shipping during the next 10 years, while initially their operation will be limited in short sea shipping. Besides, the automated ships seem to offer great benefits which are related with a reduction in the weight of constants allowing room for more cargo intake as well as a reduction in fuel consumption. However, an even more impressive change to shipping technology will be the use of drones. Drones can provide information to surveyors from difficult-to-reach areas on ships and offshore structures. Commercial drone-based surveys will be adopted in 2018. Another application for drones is testing ship emissions. There are commercial units available and being tested for these applications. Drones can also be used for delivering parcels to ships close to coastlines and navigating in ice conditions to provide more information to masters.