Advanced Navigation launches AI-powered autonomous underwater robot
Advanced Navigation, a manufacturer of artificial intelligence-based navigation and robotics systems, has launched Hydrus, an autonomous underwater robot that combines “the most advanced navigation, sonar and communication capabilities of any underwater vessel”. autonomous sailor”.
This advanced technology is combined with a 4K 60 camera in an “incredibly small form factor”.
According to Advanced Navigation, Hydrus “tremendously simplifies” underwater data collection and inspection and overcomes many existing financial hurdles.
It is intended for applications requiring high resolution images and videos with precise georeferenced data.
Xavier Orr, CEO and Co-Founder of Advanced Navigation, said, “We have seen a revolution in the aerial drone market, where smaller, easy-to-use drones have opened up new opportunities in applications previously limited by the cost. Hydrus is intended to provide the same accessibility to the underwater world.
Hydrus is effectively an all-in-one survey team, reducing the need for expensive ROVs/AUVs, survey vessels, highly skilled operators and divers. Offering unparalleled flexibility, ease of use and affordability, Hydrus is the revolution in underwater drones.
Simplified underwater surveys
As an all-in-one standalone solution, 3D missions can be planned in minutes, without special knowledge or training. Acoustic communication capabilities allow users to monitor and adjust missions on the fly.
Hydrus is small enough to be carried on an airplane and can be thrown and retrieved by one person. No special craft is required. Once the mission is complete, the data can be retrieved wirelessly using a computer.
No compromise on performance
A 4K 60 FPS camera coupled with powerful lighting ensures the highest quality video and photography. An AI image processing system dynamically balances camera settings and lighting and compensates for turbidity even in the most challenging conditions.
Hydrus features dynamic AI guidance with obstacle avoidance, altitude control and image quality control. It integrates USBL, DVL, INS, acoustic and optical modems, all tightly coupled in a single compact enclosure.
These capabilities place Hydrus well beyond the current state of the art and allow unskilled operators to easily perform advanced missions.
Hydrus can undertake missions lasting up to 3 hours, has a range of 9 km, with a maximum speed of 4 knots and a depth rating of 3,000 m (10,000 ft).
An affordable and reliable solution
Exclusive hubless thrusters prevent propellers from getting stuck with ropes or weed. The fully sealed, connectorless design makes it the most reliable, low maintenance AUV on the market.
Hydrus will be available at the end of 2022.