The “Roboat” draws the energy for the computer from solar cells
An Austrian team converted a dinghy so that it sails itself. It recognizes waves and wind and traffic and searches for its way using given waypoints. On the Baltic Sea, she should prove her skills in several ways.
The Austrian scientists are preparing their boat for the world record attempt
Among other things, the autonomous trip to Assens should provide evidence that the zero-hand boat is suitable for use in nature research. In addition, the initiators are aiming for the world record for robotic boats: they have to create 80 nautical miles for it. That is the distance that the predecessor made before she sank in the Atlantic.
The track of the "Roboat" route
The YACHT observed the experiments and spoke to project manager Roland Stelzer. The exciting thing about it: Stelzer says that he can "basically convert any yacht into a robot" - whether a cruising yacht transfers itself or one or the other watch is "it's all just a question of programming".