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Rolls-Royce signs up with Google in the next stage of ship autonomy

Friday, 13 Oct 2017

Rolls-Royce is to work with Google’s Cloud Machine Learning Engine as it develops the intelligent awareness systems required in ship autonomy.

Rolls-Royce aims to develop the next stage of ship autonomy

Signed recently at the Google Cloud Summit in Sweden, the agreement allows Rolls-Royce to use Google’s engine to develop the company’s artificial intelligence-based classification system for detecting, identifying and tracking the objects that a vessel can encounter at sea.
Karno Tenovuo, senior vice president of Ship Intelligence at Rolls-Royce, explained: “While intelligent awareness systems will help to facilitate an autonomous future, they can benefit maritime business right now, making vessels and their crews safer and more efficient. By working with Google Cloud, we can make these systems better faster, saving lives.”
Machine learning is a set of algorithms and tools that mimic human learning by analysing data sets to solve specific problems by identifying patterns. The bigger the data sets, the more complex the patterns the model can recognise and thus the more accurate the predictions. Well-trained machine learning models can now carry out predictive analytics faster than a human being.
The Rolls-Royce Google agreement is believed to be the first of its kind in the marine sector.