Self-Driven Boats Debut In Amsterdam
The iconic canals of Amsterdam will soon be the channels for the first driverless boats in the world. With the ability to serve a number of purposes from transporting goods and people to acting as bridges, these boats will revolutionize the city’s waterways.
With the prototypes launching early next year, the first of the self-driven boats are called Roboats, according to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) and AMS (Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions). The Massachusetts based technology institute has donated roughly around 22 million dollars to the project so far.
Autonomous boats will reimagine the process of transporting people and goods by reducing manpower and canal traffic. The boats will also be able to stack together and form a temporary bridge across Amsterdam’s canals, which would effectively reduce crowding on days when the narrow streets are especially packed.
Additionally, the boats will be able to assist in carrying out research for underwater robots and machines that have the ability to find and identify water-based diseases.
Another interesting usage of the self-driven boats will be to help clean up all the floating waste that can be found in the canals of Amsterdam. Every year around 12,000 to 15,000 bicycles are fished out of the bottom of the canals after they are either deliberately thrown in accidentally fall in. The Roboats will be a cost-effective and easy way to combat this issue.
Amsterdam city is the perfect place to develop this technology, thanks to the 165 canals that can be found spread over 50 kilometers.
Currently there are several self-driving cars that have launched around the world. Singapore based company nuTonomy recently launched a self-driving cab service, followed by popular cab company Uber who started a similar service in Pittsburgh.
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by techtalks @TechTalks October 19, 2016 6:09 AM UTC