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A NEWS STORY about self­drive boats on Am­s­ter­dam’s canals doesn’t sound that sur­pris­ing. Un­til, that is, you re­alise that in this case ‘self-drive’ doesn’t mean hire craft that you drive your­self; it means the boats drive them­selves. As the driver­less car creeps closer to re­al­ity, it seems the driver­less boat isn’t far be­hind. The Am­s­ter­dam In­sti­tute for Ad­vanced Met­ro­pol­i­tan Stud­ies has be­gun a re­search pro­gramme that could see “au­ton­o­mous boats” car­ry­ing peo­ple and goods on the Dutch cap­i­tal’s 60 miles of canals by 2017. They’ve al­ready got a name for them: roboats!

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