Usually when we talk about autonomous vehicles, we talk about autonomous cars. However, there are other types of autonomous vehicles, including autonomous aircraft and autonomous boats. Amsterdam is famous for many things, one of which is his channel system and a water taxi carrying people around the city.
At present, Amsterdam is testing an autonomous boat that runs electric power on many canals that run through the city. Amsterdam has more than 60 miles of waterways that accommodate all types of ships and boats. The Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions and MIT collaborated on Rouroate projects to develop new ways to navigate waterways without human-controlling crafts.
Officials in Amsterdam said this technology was a very relevant and very complex port operation where there were many ships and ships and many quays and peers. Stephan Van Dijk said this technology could improve security using an autonomous system and made it more efficient with the 24/7 operating approach.
Demonstrations recently used a 13-foot electric boat. Ships must learn to maneuver through traffic operating in the canal system around Amsterdam. The canal system is full of private vessels and canal cruise ships for tourists. Roboats use orange propellers along with the driving quartet powered by batteries.
They have a top speed of around four MPH and can operate for 12 to 24 hours, depending on the type of battery used and load their cargo. A computer directs a small boat remotely using data processed from the camera and sensors that scan the area around the ship. The camera and sensors can detect stationary and moving objects. Ships can also be adapted thanks to modular design for different uses, including carrying cargo or workers. The developer works on the system says it needs 2 to 4 more years before it is perfected.