Nicknamed ‘Tesla of the Seas”, autonomous electric container ships are under construction at two companies in Norway -Yara International ASA and Kongsberg Gruppen AS A.
The ships use a combination of GPS, radar, cameras and sensors to navigate itself through boat traffic and even dock on its own. The cost is anticipated to be more than 3 times a conventional container ship but a return-on-investment will catch the attention of freight ship companies worldwide. With no need for fuel or crew members, it is calculated that owners can save 90% in operating costs by adopting an autonomous, electric container ship. The concept is currently being tested with humans on deck to ensure reliability before its launch in 2020.