Hawkes Remote's U-11000 ROV, which is designed to utilize Spider Optics technology (Image: Hawkes Remotes)
Hawkes Remote's T6500 ROV, which is designed to utilize Spider Optics technology (Image: Hawkes Remotes)
Underwater Remote-Operated Vehicles, or ROVs, are used extensively in the oil and gas industry, in undersea engineering projects and, more glamorously, for doing things like exploring the wreck of the Titanic. These unmanned submersibles are linked to a surface support ship with a thick, cumbersome tether, which is used to pipe power down to the ROV as well as for communications. At the Future of Electric Vehicles conference, however, a new technology was presented that almost sets the ROVs free – the Spider Optics system.
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