Our joint venture Shipping Technology is making headlines yet again. The Dutch business publication, Het Financieele Dagblad, caught up with Xomnia co-founder Ollie Dapper and Remco Pikaart, owner of Shipping Factory, to hear about our collaboration to make the Netherlands a world leader in autonomous shipping.
Ollie and Remco share how their personal and professional journeys led them to autonomous shipping. Remco has a vested interest in saving money and increasing safety for his inland shipping company, Shipping Factory. Ollie describes the challenge born on an Amsterdam canal that led Xomnia to develop a self-driving boat.
The article also provides a future outlook for the technology. Currently, the team is collecting and processing data from the ship in a black box built by Shipping Technology, the Black Box Pro. The system compares that data with the actions the captain performs and learns how to control the ship. A huge amount of data is required, so Shipping Technology has also asked the government for a license to test the software over a longer period.
Read the full FD Dagblad article, here (in Dutch).