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Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Localization, Navigation, and Communication for Collaborative Missions

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Tecnologico de Monterrey, Escuela de Ingeniería y Ciencias, Av. Epigmenio González 500, Fracc. San Pablo, Querétaro 76130, Mexico
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Energy Division, Center for Engineering and Industrial Development-CIDESI, Santiago de Queretaro, Queretaro 76125, Mexico
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Appl. Sci. 2020, 10(4), 1256; https://doi.org/10.3390/app10041256
Received: 6 January 2020 / Revised: 28 January 2020 / Accepted: 6 February 2020 / Published: 13 February 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Underwater Robots in Ocean and Coastal Applications)
Development of Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs) has permitted the automatization of many tasks originally achieved with manned vehicles in underwater environments. Teams of AUVs designed to work within a common mission are opening the possibilities for new and more complex applications. In underwater environments, communication, localization, and navigation of AUVs are considered challenges due to the impossibility of relying on radio communications and global positioning systems. For a long time, acoustic systems have been the main approach for solving these challenges. However, they present their own shortcomings, which are more relevant for AUV teams. As a result, researchers have explored different alternatives. To summarize and analyze these alternatives, a review of the literature is presented in this paper. Finally, a summary of collaborative AUV teams and missions is also included, with the aim of analyzing their applicability, advantages, and limitations. View Full-Text
Keywords: Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(s); collaborative AUVs; underwater localization Autonomous Underwater Vehicle(s); collaborative AUVs; underwater localization
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González-García, J.; Gómez-Espinosa, A.; Cuan-Urquizo, E.; García-Valdovinos, L.G.; Salgado-Jiménez, T.; Cabello, J.A.E. Autonomous Underwater Vehicles: Localization, Navigation, and Communication for Collaborative Missions. Appl. Sci. 2020, 10, 1256.

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