Roboat, which is a research project with collaboration between Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Delft University of Technology (TUD) and Wageningen University will investigate using a fleet of autonomous Roboat’s to transport good’s and people through Amsterdam’s notorious canal system.
Current idea’s include automatic taxi services for people, temporary bridges across canals by linking multiple Roboat’s as needed. And delivery of cargo which could be done with a much smaller footprint than the current method of larger manned boats.
Roboat’s will also be testing environmental monitoring sensor’s to track pollution and water quality. As well as the idea of automated cleanup tasks such as trash removal and the ever growing issue of bikes at the bottom of the canal’s.