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Autonomous Boat Bridges

Carlo Ratti's Dynamic Bridge is Made Up of Circling Autonomous Boats

— August 15, 2019 — Eco
"A tricky patch of Amsterdam's waterway," has been tackled with the implementation of a dynamic network of autonomous boats. The project was headed by Carlo Ratti and his team at MIT — the Senseable City Lab. Considered to contribute to the balanced "intersection of technology and urbanism," the development goes by the name of 'roundAround bridge.'

The autonomous boats are in perpetual circular motion. The 'Roboats' make use of special algorithms, lasers, and cameras, to determine direction and behavior, ensuring that "the best path around obstacles" is aptly calculated. Each waterborne vehicle can charge on each side of the canal.

The autonomous boats give another option for individuals to go from Amsterdam's city center to the Marineterrein Amsterdam which is a new development. The alternative is considered to be "low commitment."
Trend Themes
1. Autonomous Boats - The use of autonomous boats for transportation provides a disruptive innovation opportunity in the urban transportation industry.
2. Dynamic Networks - The implementation of dynamic networks of autonomous boats opens up opportunities for disruptive innovations in the infrastructure and logistics industry.
3. Algorithmic Navigation - The use of algorithms, lasers, and cameras for navigation in autonomous boats creates disruptive innovation opportunities in the robotics and AI industry.
Industry Implications
1. Transportation - The use of autonomous boats in transportation creates disruptive innovation opportunities in the transportation industry.
2. Infrastructure - The implementation of dynamic networks of autonomous boats in infrastructure projects presents disruptive innovation opportunities in the construction and urban planning industry.
3. Robotics - The use of algorithmic navigation in autonomous boats opens up disruptive innovation opportunities in the robotics industry.
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