Smart city and built environment, Transport and logistics 2016


Amsterdam, Cambridge


Consortium of researchers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and Wageningen University and Research (WUR). Waternet, City of Amsterdam and City of Boston are supportive of the program.


Autonomous ships and associated technology,

Roboat is a 5 year research program on autonomous vessels that is currently testing use-cases of solving urban, water infrastructure challenges of the city of Amsterdam. It explores and tests the rich set of possibilities for autonomous systems on water.

What was tested

Vessels to transport people, deliver goods, collect waste, dynamic infrastructure and environmental sensing.

Testbed purpose

Drive autonomous development in urban environments close to or along water and discover how it can best be utilised to solve urban challenges.


The urban canals of Amsterdam. Plans to deploy further testbeds in Cambridge, Delft and Wageningen (NL). Mix between closed-off testing facilities (swimming pools) and real-world testbeds.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept

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