The EU-funded Collective Cognitive Robotics (CoCoRo) project has built a swarm of 41 autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs) that show collective cognition. Throughout 2015 – The Year of CoCoRo – we will be uploading a new weekly video detailing the latest stage in its development. This video shows the Jeff robots docking and undocking autonomously with the surface station.
For the sake of achieving long-term energy autonomy with our CoCoRo system, we constructed a docking/undocking mechanism for Jeff robots on our surface station. This functionality was first tested with a fixed mounted docking device, and then with a docking device floating around in our pool. The autonomous docking worked exceptionally well under all conditions.