Autonomous boats could be sailing into Amsterdam

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions  have started the world’s first major research program on autonomous floating vessels in metropolitan areas1. The program, named Roboat, is the world’s first major research program on autonomous floating systems that focusses on moving people and goods, portable infrastructure and data gathering.

Roboat aims to design and deploy the world’s first fleet of autonomous boats in the city of Amsterdam from 2017. The project has a budget of  25 million euros and the initial phase will last for five years.

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