Rolls-Royce's new research facility in Turku, Finland
provides a space for the company and its partners to develop
technologies that will help shape the future of an increasingly
more autonomous global shipping industry.
Officially opened on January 25, the new R&D center, which
Rolls-Royce calls the Research & Development Center for
Autonomous Ships, will focus on projects relating to autonomous
navigation, the development of land-based control centers and the
use of artificial intelligence in future remote and autonomous
shipping operations. The facility will also provide space to
showcase Rolls-Royce' already introduced autonomous ship
technologies as well as those still in development.
"Stakeholders, partners and customers will be able see here what
a remote controlled and autonomous maritime future could look
like, and work with us to shape the future," said Rolls-Royce
President Marine, Mikael Makinen, speaking at the center's
official opening ceremony.
The facility's "Remote and Autonomous Experience Space" includes
interactive tables that Rolls-Royce will use to showcase existing
and future technologies while aiding the development and
introduction of new rules and standards for autonomous shipping,
Makinen explained, "The experience space that is part of the
center here in Turku, and a similar one we have in our Technology
Center in Norway, is aimed at demonstrating to our customers the
very tangible benefits of what is often considered an intangible
"The center allows us to more accurately communicate our
capabilities, what we have available today and what will be
available tomorrow," said Karno Tenovuo, Rolls-Royce Senior Vice
President, Ship Intelligence. "It will completely focus on the
development of solutions capable of smoothing the maritime
industry's transition to the digital age. An autonomous maritime
ecosystem will open up unprecedented opportunities."
Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Anne Berner,
said the new R&D center further strengthens Finland's
commitment to developing autonomous transport: "There is great
global interest in autonomous vehicles and vessels as a future
means of transport. The opening of the Rolls-Royce Research &
Development Center for Autonomous Ships here in Turku, a maritime
city with a history of technological innovation, will help
achieve our goal of digitalizing the country's transport sector."