The Roboat research project is entering its next phase of development.
This five-year project is a collaboration between AMS Institute and MIT and is the world first major research program on autonomous floating vessels in metropolitan areas.
A Year of Roboat
This time the team of researchers is focusing on technical design and autonomous robotics techniques, after having developed the first vehicle prototypes last year. The design solutions being worked on are focusing on the areas of food, waste, transport, and water quality sensing. The research results of the second year of the Roboat project will be shared this October, and will include a demo on the Amsterdam canals.
You can follow the project’s evolution in a year through this video timeline:
In parallel to the project’s update, a new website for Roboat has been launched, featuring news and events, publications, use cases and data visualization among others.
The Laserscape video for example is showing the views of Amsterdam from the canals, from a Roboat perspective and with the use of LIDAR – Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging. This sensor technique allows Roboat to autonomously navigate through the canals, detect objects and therefore enables the vessel to respond accordingly.
Watch the impressive video here: