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Transforming Amsterdam's canals with a fleet of autonomous boats.
Roboat is a 5 year research project and collaboration between the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In developing the world's first fleet of autonomous floating vessels for the city of Amsterdam, it investigates the potential of self-driving technology to change our cities and their waterways.
Roboat is a new kind of on-demand infrastructure: autonomous platforms will combine together to form floating bridges and stages, collect waste, deliver goods, and transport people, all while collecting data about the city. How can we re-imagine urban infrastructures with cutting-edge technologies?
Roboat can be an autonomous water taxi or water bus, adding to the experience of both tourists and locals. And by leveraging a Roboat unit as a tugboat, autonomy can be used to create an on demand system for private boats. This system can allow individuals to moor their boat outside the city, and request it when they need it or for on demand rentals.