There are electric cars, planes, tractors, and now, the CAPTN Vaiaro. This fully autonomous electric ferry by the team at Kiel University, in partnership with the Muthesius University, is touted as a networked, inter- and multi-modal mobility. In addition to utilizing an electric propulsion system, the autonomous technology enables it to operate continuously, ensuring that the residents of Kiel can quickly cross the bay at any time of the day or night. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
The two designs consists of a glass-enclosed rectangular vessel, along with a ferry terminal boasting latticework covering that can be detached from the dock to travel to its destination landing area. Inside, there is plenty of room for bicycles, luggage, or any other equipment that passengers may have. There’s no word yet on when or if we’ll see a functional prototype.
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The new ferry will also create a new landmark for the city. In the future, tourists will be told, if [you] go to Kiel, [you] definitely want to take the new ferry. This project takes a highly creative and innovative approach to public transport, imagining how a car-free city can nonetheless span two sides of a major waterway,” said the IF World Design Guide.