Amsterdam will test autonomous boats in its historic canals. The Roboat project is a collaboration between MIT and the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS), and other academic partners. The roboats, as the self-piloting boats are called, will ferry goods and humans around the city, and also monitor water quality. Additionally, MIT professor Carlo Ratti says to "also think of dynamic and temporary floating infrastructure like on-demand bridges and stages, that can be assembled or disassembled in a matter of hours." As water covers about a quarter of the city, its waterways are important to personal and economic life in Amsterdam, as well as public health. Information gathered from the Roboat project could be helpful for the huge amount of people and commerce situated around the world's coastal areas. Read more from MIT, or from AMS.
Germany will put into service a hydrogen powered passenger train. Launching in December 2017 between Buxtehude and Cuxhaven, the Coradia iLint fuel cell train will have a range of 497 miles between refueling, and will be much quieter and cleaner than its diesel counterparts. Apart from the power source, the train is not much different from others made by this its manufacturer, Alstom. While the Coradia iLint doesn't provide many advantages over electric trains, it can be put to use on railways that haven't yet been electrified, reducing pollution in those areas. Read more at CityLab.