MIT scientists have developed an autonomous boat for transporting people Today we can see the Roboat II project, the improved version of the autonomous boat, which after 5 years of hard work is ready to operate and transport passengers - is this the future of water transport?

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology can always be counted on when it comes to new technologies, and this time the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) presented us with the development of the idea of ​​an autonomous Roboat boat. And where exactly did this idea come from? Of course, it did not come from the air and, as scientists explain, they were asked to create a concept of a fleet of autonomous boats for passenger transport that could prove useful on the narrow city canals of the constitutional Dutch capital, Amsterdam.

As you can imagine, there are many more places in the world where autonomous Roboat boats could show their abilities - transporting people, collecting garbage, delivering packages and performing many other tasks. 'We are developing a fleet of Roboats that can provide people and goods, and also combine with other Roboat units to form entire autonomous platforms for aquatic activities, explains MIT Professor Daniela Rus.

It is worth noting, however, that although the second version of the Roboat is larger, smarter and can carry more weight, thanks to which it is able to carry up to 2 adults, it does not mean that ... it should do it. At least in its present form, because scientists have not yet developed suitable seats, protective barriers or storage space. However, it perfectly shows that such functionality is possible and can be an interesting alternative to current solutions, especially in places such as Amsterdam or Venice. When it comes to technical issues, Roboat uses similar algorithms as autonomous cars, and it operates in a theoretically safer environment, so this should not worry potential users. The presented version of the boat measures less than 2 meters, but MIT scientists have already announced that they are working on a 4-meter version that will be able to carry 4-6 passengers.