The AVATAR project aims to tackle challenges of city freight distribution by developing, testing and assessing adequate technologies and business models for urban autonomous zero-emission Inland waterway transport (IWT) solutions. Not only technical issues are included, but also economic and energy issues.

In WP3 focus is on engineering. WP4 includes economic assessment studies, whereas in WP5 several tests and demonstrations are carried out. The goal of the WP6 is to set up the market-proof foundation of an autonomous open source fleet to be used for city freight distribution (inland waterways).