MARIN is designing and building a modular Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (mAUV) in order to gain a better understanding of the challenges involved in autonomous sailing.
MARIN's goal of building an underwater vehicle is that it will serve as a research platform on which we have control over every aspect of the system. Initially we want to examine the dynamic behaviour of a small vessel interacting with its environment and then all the aspects concerning autonomous sailing. The development of vehicle autonomy will start with simple behaviour and will be extended over time. By using the mAUV in operational scenarios we can learn what level of autonomy is desired.