In­no­va­tion: Rolls-Royce of the seas

Rolls-Royce and VTT want to take high-tech to the high seas

Australian T3 - - CONTENTS -

All aboard the most high-tech boat deck ever de­signed, with dig­i­tal ice­berg alerts

WE’VE AL­WAYS FOUND STEER­ING A WHEEL TO ma­noeu­vre a ship the size of a block of flats fun­da­men­tally un­der­whelm­ing. Thank­fully, mo­tor­ing icon Rolls-Royce and Fin­nish tech re­search firm VTT agree – which is why their plans for a new nau­ti­cal con­trol deck look like this.

Sit down at the Trekkian con­sole and the ship recog­nises you, cus­tomis­ing the touch panel with rel­e­vant info, whether nav­i­ga­tional hints or en­gine sta­tus. The wheel’s been dumped for a sci-fi combo of joy­stick and touch­screen, with ther­mal imag­ing cam­eras dot­ted around for 360-de­gree night views. The wind­screen’s been turned into a gi­ant aug­ment­e­dreal­ity heads-up dis­play, too, alert­ing the bridge to up­com­ing dan­gers: co­ral reefs, other ves­sels or ice­bergs, dead ahead.,, out 2025

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