One way to set expectations for the future is to look at the past. In the past two decades of AUV platform development autonomous navigation has provided fundamental supporting technology through new instruments, new algorithms and new methods of operation. As AUV platforms continue to proliferate, becoming commercially available to a wider user base, we can expect the opportunities for improved navigation methods to similarly expand. Operators and vehicle designers will need new solutions that increase efficiency, decrease cost and allow for the application of AUV technology to exciting new environments.
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