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New to the world of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs)?

Click on the images below for more information.


AUVs have only been around since the late 1950s. Check out their history here. 


Why use AUVs? ​How do they compare to other methods of exploring the ocean?

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Want to learn more? Visit here for everything from modern news articles to research papers that read like stories. 


What is an AUV? ​What are its most important features? Read more about AUV design here.

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What is the latest in AUV research? Where is it being done?


  1. Image of the University of Washington's Self-Propelled Underwater Research Vessel (SPURV), believed to be the first AUVNaval Drones. (2012). Special Purpose Underwater Research Vehicle (SPURV) [note that SPURV appears to have been incorrectly named]. Retrieved from

  2. Image of Norwegian-designed AUV capable of performing underwater tasks in close quarters. Amøbe. (2018). Photo commissioned by Eelume AS ( Retrieved from

  3. Image of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) Jaguar AUV surveying Antarctic sea ice. WHOI. (2014). Underwater Robot Sheds New Light on Antarctic Sea Ice. Retrieved from

  4. Image of supercomputer forecast from March 31, 2019 of global currents and sea surface temperature (colour overlay). Beccario, C. (2019). Retrieved from

  5. Image of Popular Science's 1966 vision of 1967 vehicles. Popular Science. (1966). What the '67 Cars Will Really Be Like. Retrieved from

Last revised: April 16, 2020​

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