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Dive Technologies, Inc., a Boston-based subsea robotics designer and manufacturer, today announced a formal partnership with the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics at Virginia Tech. This multi-year partnership will directly support the rapid development and test of Dive Technologies’ large, novel autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV). The commercial product is on schedule for sea testing this Summer 2020.
“Leveraging the expertise of the Virginia Tech team has really pushed our AUV design forward in a uniquely innovative way and has created immense efficiency in our development schedule,” says Bill Lebo, Co-Founder and CTO of Dive Technologies. “Our collaboration with Virginia Tech has pushed our team creatively and demonstrates the exceptional value of academic partnerships.”
“Our collaboration with Dive Technologies is an exciting opportunity to transition state-of-the-art technology from the academic lab into next-generation commercial applications,” says Professor Dan Stilwell, Director of the Center for Marine Autonomy and Robotics. “Professor Stefano Brizzolara and his team of graduate students have helped Dive Technologies capture innovations in vehicle design that enable long endurance missions. Our team is also transitioning state-of-the-art control, software, and autonomy.”