2022 AUV - ERIE
Erie was designed to robust and reliable, overcoming the faults of our previous AUV. This year's focus was mainly focused on making the vehicle easy to use and control. It detects objects within visual distance using our computer vision models, which locate tasks to execute.
Erie is named after the great lake Erie, a body of water that borders the southeast side of state of Michigan. This name came about as a continuation of our water theme, fitting for a submarine.
This page overviews Erie's mechanical, electrical, and software subsystems. Special thanks to all of our sponsors, advisors, and supporters that helped bring Erie to life.
Competition Strategy Video:
Our new submarine design was informed by the lessons learned from testing our previous AUV. The two most important aspect that we focused on leak prevention and ease of use. Much of our focus was dedicated to the main hull structure of the vehicle, to develop a more reliable system that can be used for testing in years to come. Easing of COVID-19 restrictions also allowed us to make a more ambitious, customized design.
This year, extensive in-person testing has helped the team validate many of our logic and algorithms that are key to our AUV's performance. In addition, in-water testing has helped gather training data to improve our machine learning models and image detection.