CAUV Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle

Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. Fully autonomous. Totally intelligent.


CAUV stands for Cambridge Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV). It is a student developed autonomous submarine. The initial design criteria was for a small, cheap ROV to inspect the underside of pancake ice flows in the arctic. Developing an AUV that could perform this task remains our long term goal. However, our immediate challenge is the annual ERL Emergency competition.

An AUV is an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle. These vehicles are completely unmanned and are capable of making critical mission decisions without assistance from human sources. This cutting edge technology allows exploration of underwater environments that are hard to explore using conventional methods.

The team is entirely composed of students and open to all. We are always looking for new members, so if you are interested in joining, sign up via the Join Us page, or by emailling

Few ideas work on the first try. Iteration is key to innovation.

Sebastian Thrun, Founder, Google X Lab

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A massive thank you to all our sponsors without whom the work we do would not be possible! We are always on looking for new sponsors. If you are interested please get in touch.