AUV Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Researchers are creating AUVs, or autonomous underwater vehicles. Autonomous means independent or self-governing. These are vessels designed to operate without the aid of people. Once an AUV is released, it can complete an already programmed route and return to a specified point to be retrieved. The idea is that a researcher will be able to release the vessel and it will function on its own for weeks or months, sending its data to a homebase on a boat or even on shore. This will save the expense and trouble of having a ship or manned submersible on location for the duration of an experiment.
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