JRM Vol.32 No.4 pp. 713-721
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2020.p0713


Development Timeline of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Japan

Tamaki Ura

Deep Ocean-Ridge Technology Co., Ltd.
182-1 Nagate, Goto, Nagasaki 853-0012, Japan

May12, 2020
May 27, 2020
August 20, 2020
AUV, submersible, history, R&D, Japan
Development Timeline of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Japan

Red snow crab colony taken by Tuna-Sand

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.

Cite this article as:
T. Ura, “Development Timeline of the Autonomous Underwater Vehicle in Japan,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.32, No.4, pp. 713-721, 2020.
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