Ran: the AUV at the University of Gothenburg
An Autonomous Underwater Vehicle, AUV, is equipped with sensors and collects data during pre-programmed missions. It moves faster than an ROV and can therefore cover longer distances in shorter time.
The AUV at The University of Gothenburg – called Ran – has very good navigation accuracy and carries high resolution acoustic sonars and other mapping instruments. There are only a few AUV:s in the world with Ran's capacity, accessible to science. Thanks to the navigational properties, it can accomplish under-ice missions, and it has been used successfully in Antarctica and under ice in Baltic sea coastal waters.
Ran is a part of the national research infrastructure MUST (Mobile Underwater System Tools), financed by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation. The infrastructure is open for external users for research purposes. Ran can also, under certain circumstances, be rented by commercial companies.