MIT's autonomous boats take to the water in Amsterdam


MIT has upgraded its autonomous boat fleet with the Roboat II, a vehicle sailing down the canals of Amsterdam that is able to carry passengers. On Monday, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) and the Senseable City Lab published an update on the project, which aims to develop maritime autonomy applications if not for the sea -- for now -- at least for smart cities and more urban environments. Five years after creating the first prototype, CSAIL and Senseable have added a new boat to the fleet -- the Roboat II. The two-meter boat utilizes four propellers to move down waterways and is equipped with similar algorithms, sensors, and mapping technology to autonomous land vehicles. The algorithms map waterways and plot paths between a series of "goal points" according to the team.

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