Development Timeline of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Japan

Type Article
Date 2020-08
Language English
Author(s) Ura Tamaki1
Affiliation(s) 1 : Deep Ocean-Ridge Technology Co., Ltd. 182-1 Nagate, Goto, Nagasaki 853-0012, Japan
Source Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics (1883-8049) (Fuji Technology Press Ltd.), 2020-08 , Vol. 32 , N. 4 , P. 713-721
DOI 10.20965/jrm.2020.p0713
Keyword(s) AUV, submersible, history, R&D, Japan

In 2020, the autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) has already become a vital part of deep-sea research. There is a long history of R&D of AUVs that dive into the deep sea, where radio waves cannot reach, thus making remote control difficult so that no help can be provided, which implies that careful and adequate preparation is necessary. Their successful development has been based on the accumulation of experience and achievements contributing to the remarkable results that no other system can produce. The aggressive R&D of Japanese AUVs started approximately 40 years ago. This paper looks back at this history and introduces various Japanese AUVs.

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