Innovation: Rolls-Royce of the seas
Rolls-Royce and VTT want to take high-tech to the high seas
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. Vtt.fi, rolls-royce.com, out 2025