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Self-Driving Roboats all Set to Make into Amsterdam Canals

Published Mon, Nov 22 2021 04:41 am
by The Silicon Trend




Self-Driving Roboats all Set to Make into Amsterdam Canals

Roboats mission is to pave ways for the capabilities of urban waterways through innovative self-driving design and techs. It offers various functions for the city like people transportation, a self-driving waste management system, goods delivery, and on-demand infrastructure. For example, researchers from MIT's CSAIL and the Senseable City Laboratory collaborated with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions to develop a fully automatic boat set to deploy along Amsterdam canals.



Boat Features

The boats are the next-generation tech, with a sleek combo of grey and black with 2 seats facing each other. It also contains orange block letters on the sides that display the developers' names. Being fully electrical and having a compact battery enables operational and wireless charging potentials up to 10 hours. Furthermore, the director of CSAIL - Daniela Rus, added high robustness and accuracy in the control systems and navigation, followed by new features like the close-proximity mode for latching potentials.

Using the navigation, the boat can choose a safe route for traveling from place to place while scanning the surroundings using a Lidar and numerous cameras to have a 360-degree view to avoid any object collisions.



Versatile Design

The director of the Senseable City Lab - Carlo Ratti, said, "The system allows Roboat to connect to other boats, and to the docking station, to form temporary bridges to alleviate traffic, as well as floating stages and squares, which wasn't possible with the last iteration." This being one of the most remarkable features and design, Roboat is versatile, developing a hull design for the boat to be in and above the water. 



 The next step is to test the boat in the public domain, and scientists have chosen the historical center of Amsterdam with its narrow network of canals affected by modern challenges like logistics and mobility. Since these boats are 24/7 without any skipper on board, that adds a positive result for the city. However, considering the safety issue, a principal research scientist in DUSP - Fabio Duarte, said that safety is questionable if reaching level A autonomy is desirable.



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