The development of automatic ships for the transport of people and goods in the form of Roboat has been underway for several years. These are developing year by year and we’ve just got their final version, because two automatic Roboat IIIs have already hit the sewers in Amsterdam and now the responsible MIT is looking at public tests.
Roboat III ships in the canals of Amsterdam
From the outset, the idea of filling Amsterdam’s canals with floating Roboat ‘platforms’ has been to improve both the transport of materials and people. As a veritable ‘second city road’, Amsterdam’s canals could take on a whole new character if this project works and who knows? Maybe in a few years dozens, and maybe even hundreds of Roboat IIIs will operate on them 24/7 under the leadership of operators who are able to monitor up to 50 units at one time.
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Powered by electric motors, the Roboat III is four meters long, can carry up to five passengers and is controlled by navigation technology, the data of which is provided on an ongoing basis by a subsystem with LiDAR, GPS and optical cameras, creating a 360-degree image of the surroundings.
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The Roboat III has a modular hull that allows the upper decks to be replaced depending on the work being done. So it can also serve as a bridge with other nearby Roboat III, or just as a transport platform.