Wärtsilä is to participate in a research project that aims to create the world’s first autonomous marine transport system.
The project will initially focus on developing a fully autonomous ship for the Baltic Sea by 2025, with cargo ships and freight transportation being the first pilot applications.
According to Wärtsilä, artificial intelligence, robotics, and remote connections will play an important role in the shipping industry’s future as a means towards increasing efficiency and lowering operating costs.
The programme is being largely financed by Finnish Funding Agency, Tekes, while the ecosystem platform is being handled by co-creation ecosystem provider, Digital, Internet, Materials & Engineering Co-Creation (DIMECC).
Other major corporate investors in the programme include Rolls-Royce, Cargotec, Ericsson, Meyer Turku, and Tieto.
Mikael Simelius, Vice President, Marketing, Wärtsilä Marine Solutions commented: “This is an important and ambitious project and we are very happy to be involved. Wärtsilä is contributing its technological know-how and experience and fully supports the project’s goals. We are happy to work and cooperate with other industry players for the ultimate benefit of the industry as a whole.”
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