July 17, 2014      

Surface and submersible robots allow humans to explore the ocean in a variety of innovative ways, lowering costs, improving efficiency and reducing the risks of marine operations.

And marine robotics is rapidly sailing toward its ultimate goal: full autonomy. An emerging generation of systems are now being designed to operate independently and make on-the-spot decisions with no direct human control.

Full autonomy for unmanned marine robots is an important trend, but the technology's practicali...

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