autonomous underwater vehicle

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Definition of autonomous underwater vehicle 

: an unmanned vehicle designed to operate underwater without guidance according to preprogrammed instructions Inside, scientists have constructed torpedoes that can all but think for themselves. They are called AUVs, or autonomous underwater vehicles, and they disappear into the sea and carry out missions without remote control.— Trevor Corson, The Secret Life Of Lobsters, 2004 abbreviation AUV

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1983, in the meaning defined above

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