Fleet of 3D-Printed Autonomous Boats Can Self-Assemble & Support Cities
Waterway-rich cities like Amsterdam and Venice may soon include autonomous boats in their canals to help clear up road congestion. Researchers from MIT have designed a fleet of autonomous boats that offer high maneuverability and control. These boats can be 3D-printed using low-cost materials, and could serve as models for future self-assembling, driver-less water taxis transporting people and goods from place to place. The boats could also be equipped with environmental sensors to monitor a city's waters and gain insight into urban and human health.