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Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam

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A Roboat being lowered into an Amsterdam canal.

The Roboat is fully electric, capable of wireless charging, and is equipped with a battery the size of a "small chest," enabling it to drive itself down canals for up to 10 hours at a time.

Credit: Massachusetts Institute of Technology Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory

An autonomous boat taxi created by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in The Netherlands is set for deployment in the canals of Amsterdam.

The Roboat taxi is guided by a combination of LiDAR scans, digital map creation, object and obstacle detection, sensors, and cameras.

Its engine’s propellers are ordered to follow specific paths and goal points based on GPS and continual scanning of the boat's environment.

An object detection system is under constant review so when the system's algorithm flags something as "unknown," operators manually identify it.

Additionally, the boat's cameras are able to scan QR codes to guide it to a docking station.

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