No crew, no fuel, no emissions. We have (mostly) self driving cars, why not a self driving cargo ship? While we’re at it, why not make it sail in the wind?
The shipping industry literally burns half of their operating budget, as fuel. Most people don’t realize that ships have two gas tanks: One with refined diesel, like you’d use in a semi truck, and the other full of “bunker fuel.” When the ship is close to shore, it burns the cleaner stuff, but as soon as it gets out of sight, it switches to burning the thick, black, unrefined gunk optimized for creating air pollution.
But why burn any fuel at all? We’ve been sailing across oceans for centuries.
Ladon Robotics is building autonomous ships driven by the wind and sun. We invested because this vision for the future of shipping is irresistibly better.