From market-ready ROVs to low-cost AUVs

Jonatan Scharff Willners, Ignacio Carlucho, Sean Katagiri, Chandler Lemoine, Joshua Roe, Dylan Stephens, Tomasz Luczynski, Shida Xu, Yaniel Carreno, Eric Pairet, Corina Barbalata, Yvan Petillot, Sen Wang

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Abstract / Description of output

Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) are becoming increasingly important for different types of industrial applications. The generally high cost of AUVs restricts the access to them and therefore advances in research and technological development. However, recent advances have led to lower cost commercially available Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs), which present a platform that can be enhanced to enable a high degree of autonomy, similar to that of a high-end AUV. In this article, we present how a low-cost commercial-off-the-shelf ROV can be used as a foundation for developing versatile and affordable AUVs. We introduce the required hardware modifications to obtain a system capable of autonomous operations as well as the necessary software modules. Additionally, we present a set of use cases exhibiting the versatility of the developed platform for intervention and mapping tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOCEANS 2021: San Diego - Porto
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-692-93559-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-2788-3
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2022
EventOCEANS 2021: San Diego - Porto - San Diego, United States
Duration: 20 Sept 202123 Sept 2021

Publication series

ISSN (Print)0197-7385


ConferenceOCEANS 2021: San Diego - Porto
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
  • Autonomy
  • Hardware
  • Remotely Operated Vehicle
  • Robot Operating System
  • Underwater Manipulation


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