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Why RoboBoat

Set sail for the future.


A history of innovation.

Surface vessels – aka: ships or boats – have a deep history in innovative technology dating back to 3100 B.C. Shipbuilding requires precision, collaborative team-work and creativity. When RoboBoat students build their Autonomous Surface Vessels (ASVs) they rely on good hull design, propulsion, safety and energy optimization from great boat-builders of the past, while fine-tuning vision systems, acoustics and communication for the future.   

Not just for drones & cars.

Autonomy is a word we hear more than ever, from “self-driving” cars to package-delivering drones. But what many don’t know, is that autonomous technology in maritime vehicles have pre-dated those expensive self-parking cars for years, and the results have kept our coastlines safe and our ports efficient.


Channel success.

To build an ASV successfully, teams must navigate (pun intended) the rules to build a vehicle that will attempt to complete a series of tasks entirely on its own during competition. While the tasks may be straightforward, demonstrating 100% full autonomy requires 1000% grit from start to finish.

Every boat is a breakthrough. 

RoboBoat was established to generate, cultivate, and enhance a community of innovators driven to making substantive contributions to the Autonomous Surface Vehicle (ASV) domain, and inspire the next generation at sea.

Collaboration, competition and community. All in the same boat.  

Aside from being a thrilling, international, all-out competition on the water RoboBoat unites practitioners of robotics and maritime autonomy communities. In the pursuit of building impressive self-sailing vessels, teams are sharing knowledge, innovating, and collaboratively advancing the technology of ASV systems. 

So set your course for success and join RoboNation’s RoboBoat. For experience. For talent. For fun.

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