AUVs are not driven by operators, their ability to sense their surroundings is called situational awareness meaning they can detect and avoid obstacles in their path.

An autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) is not driven by an operator; therefore, the AUV must be able to detect and avoid obstacles in its path. The ability to sense its surroundings is called "situational awareness." Image courtesy of AUVfest 2008: Partnership Runs Deep, Navy/NOAA,

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