Roboats ahoy: Amsterdam canals picked to test self-driving fleet

By Toby Sterling AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Self-driving boats and assemblies of robotic platforms will one day shuttle people and goods along Amsterdam's centuries-old canals – if a project part-funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology bears fruit. "Imagine a fleet of autonomous boats," said professor Carlo Ratti of MIT, which donated 20 million euros ($29 million) to the project. Professor Arjan van Timmeren, scientific director of the institute leading the project, said the project envisages a high-tech return to the 17th century, Amsterdam's golden age when its canals were the main throughfare for transporting goods.

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