The Unmanned Systems Technology magazine (June/July 2020) looked at the latest steps MARIN has taken to test methods of subsea vehicle autonomy and control.

MARIN has for a long time developed autonomous test and demonstration platforms to find better ways of providing independent expertise and scientific consultation to maritime industries. Its newest vehicle, the mAUV (modular AUV), has been designed to carry out research in its inhouse model basins into the capabilities of underwater vehicle autonomy and control systems. While many UUVs (and other unmanned vehicles) these days are being produced with minimalism and simplicity in mind, the mAUV has come from a blank-sheet design with a range of complex and sophisticated features in its propulsion, navigation, control software and other systems.