The boat in question will sail from 2017 in the canals of Amsterdam; the project, ROBOAT, will run for five years and, if successful, may change the mobility of people and goods in the Netherlands.
Behind the Roboat there is also the MIT of Boston, together with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS). "This project imagines a fleet of autonomous boats for the transport of goods and people that can also cooperate to produce temporary floating infrastructures, such as bridges or stages that can be assembled or disassembled in a few hours", explained Carlo Ratti, professor of practice of urban technologies at the Boston Institute of Technology.
ROBOAT will also serve other purposes: for example, to monitor water quality and to provide data useful for the assessment and forecasting of public health, pollution and environmental issues. Another example of how robots are effectively replacing humans!