In this paper we present the LoCO AUV, a Low-Cost, Open Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. LoCO is a general-purpose, single-person-deployable, vision-guided AUV, rated to a depth of 100 meters. We discuss the open and expandable design of this underwater robot, as well as the design of a simulator in Gazebo. Additionally, we explore the platform's preliminary local motion control and state estimation abilities, which enable it to perform maneuvers autonomously. In order to demonstrate its usefulness for a variety of tasks, we implement a variety of our previously presented human-robot interaction capabilities on LoCO, including gestural control, diver following, and robot communication via motion. Finally, we discuss the practical concerns of deployment and our experiences in using this robot in pools, lakes, and the ocean. All design details, instructions on assembly, and code will be released under a permissive, open-source license.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Title of host publication||2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Oct 24 2020|
|Event||2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020 - Las Vegas, United States|
Duration: Oct 24 2020 → Jan 24 2021
|Name||IEEE International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems|
|Conference||2020 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, IROS 2020|
|Period||10/24/20 → 1/24/21|
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