MIT has developed an autonomous aquatic robot named “Roboat” which was created as an infrastructure alternative, however, its capabilities are virtually unlimited. Right now Roboats have the ability to communicate with each other, which allows them to avoid obstacles and will reroute themselves when they sense something in their paths.
Scientist are now working on a larger version that is about four times the current size to improve stability in water. A future update will include changing the Roboats’ code to give them more autonomy and problem-solving skills when working on a task, like finding each other and assembling into a larger structure.
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