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Autonomous Boats Can Target, Latch Onto Each Other


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An autonomous "roboat."

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in the Netherlands have designed autonomous boats called "roboats."

Credit: MIT News

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions in the Netherlands have designed autonomous boats that automatically target and latch onto each other.

These "roboats" are outfitted with sensors, thrusters, microcontrollers, global positioning system modules, computer vision software, LiDAR, and cameras, to enable on-demand canal transportation.

The roboats can identify and link with docking stations, and can be guided to targets by control algorithms or programmed to repeat docking maneuvers if initial attempts fail.

Said MIT's Daniela Rus, "The aim is to use roboat units to bring new capabilities to life on the water.”

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