[QUOTE=DavidMT;196424]NSSLGlobal has written a white paper on this subject, it can be downloaded from this sight;
The conclusions are that it is unlikely that there will ever be truly autonomous ships, and drone ships for low value bulk cargos may start being built sometime in the 2030’s. The report further states that dangerous cargos will probably never be carried on unmanned ships.[/QUOTE]
So a VSAT communication and broadband provider wants to give their two cent worth on the subject of autonomous ships?
They probably know about the communication bit, but not much about the rest of the concept.
Yes, it will take until about 2030 before the first large ship cross the ocean autonomously, but the first autonomous ferries, coasters and other smaller vessels in short sea trade within Scandinavia/NW Europe will be a reality much earlier, maybe by 2022-25 or even earlier.
The first remotely operated ferries crossing fjords in Norway, or operating short routes in Finland may be a reality as early as 2020.
That is what has been predicted by those who are working on the entire concept anyhow, so no “big news” here.