Autonomous Underwater Vehicles or AUVs – They Are Getting Smarter

By on January 7, 2018

In the future, there is no doubt that the U.S. Navy will have submarines and underwater assets, just as we have in the past. The difference is in the future these may be robotic mechanisms, and they will not have people aboard. We must also consider the risks coming from the sea, many of our stated enemies now have long-range submarines, and they can stay underwater for long periods of time just as our submarines have done since the 1970s.

Then there is the problem with international terrorists, which may attempt to infiltrate our shoreline underwater. Consider if you will the reality that we have underwater cable lines for power, pipelines, and communication lines. We also have oil rigs which might be attacked to create an environmental disaster, thus hurting our economic vitality. The BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico may have been caused by natural causes, and engineering mistakes. However, in the future these oil rigs may become targets.

Additionally, Iran has suggested that it may put sea mines in the Straits of Hormuz to cripple the Western world oil supply. We will need underwater unmanned vehicles to deal with those problems and to help navigate vessels through the area, as we detonate those mines. Also, we realize that the drug runners are using partially submerged or fully submerged submarines to deliver cocaine into the United States.

The US Coast Guard, and even police forces around the country are now seriously considering how best to guard the shorelines, ports, etc. In fact, there was an interesting article recently in Homeland Security News on December 5, 2011 titled; “Persistent undersea surveillance by autonomous robots” which stated:

“The US military plans to deploy squadrons of air, surface, and undersea robotic vehicles and wants to make these vehicles more autonomous; researchers develop an algorithm that helps sea gliders decide when to spend more time looking at regions that have changes in activity or environmental factors; without the control algorithm, gliders paid equal attention to all areas and acquired less information,” and ” Using the new algorithms, the vehicle has a greater ability to make its own decisions without requiring a human in the loop.”

The future of underwater robotics is here, it’s been slowly creeping up on us for a long time. The technology is getting better every year, and there are endless applications for such technologically advanced autonomous underwater vehicles. In this article I’ve named just a few, I didn’t even touch upon all the other needs. Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on.

Source by Lance Winslow

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