Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Trends and Transformations

This paper describes three examples of inter-agency cooperation utilizing current generation, individual Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs). The first steps in transforming individual AUVs into adaptive, networked systems have been undertaken. A network-class AUV must be designed with cost-size constraints not necessarily applied in developing solo AUVs. Vehicle types are suggested based on function and ocean operating regime (i.e., surface layer, interior and bottom layer). Furthermore, implications for platform, navigation and control subsystems are examined and practical formulations for autonomy and intelligence are postulated for comparing performance. Laws governing intelligent maritime navigation are briefly reviewed. An autonomous controller with conventional collision avoidance behavior is described. Network-class cost constraints are achievable through economies of scale. Productivity and efficiency in AUV manufacturing will increase through constructive competition. Constructive strategies include interface and operating standards.


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  • Accession Number: 01014865
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 2 2005 10:03PM