Oct. 27, 2020—MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and the Senseable City Lab have been collaborating to develop the world's first autonomous boat.
The city of Amsterdam, Netherlands is now home to the latest model, a two meter vessel named "Roboat II." The robotic boat is capable of carrying passengers and "COVID-friendly" due to its length, according to MIT News.
“Roboat II navigates autonomously using algorithms similar to those used by self-driving cars, but now adapted for water,” says Daniela Rus, a professor at MIT. “We’re developing fleets of Roboats that can deliver people and goods, and connect with other Roboats to form a range of autonomous platforms to enable water activities.”