LONDON (CBSDC) – While Google works on driverless cars, engineers in Britain are working on driverless ships.

And they could be ready to ply the high seas by 2030, reports Splash 24/7, an online newsletter that covers international shipping.

Maritime experts in London predict that in just 15 years, remote control technology will advance to the point where ships can be safely operated from ashore.

Lloyd’s Register global strategic marketing manager Luis Benito says new Smart Ships will become “less and less human dependent.”

“[A] ship could basically be self-run,” he added.

New building material will make ships much lighter, so they will use less fuel or even be able to use a variety of fuels for each voyage.

Sensors and robots will be able to perform maintenance tasks that might be too dangerous for a human crew.

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