Rolls-Royce is planning to release the first of its fleet of crewless ships by 2020.
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The engineering giant is working with government-backed groups across northern Europe on the autonomous vessels.
The company estimates that the move could cut sea transport costs by as much as 20%.
Rolls-Royce vice president of innovation Oskar Levander said tugboats and ferries will be developed first, ahead of cargo vessels which will sail across international waters.
He said: "The development will start in a few countries, and these flag states will give the vessel permission to operate before we have international regulations in place." Read more... ( HERE )