Called Sub Mapping, the device was unveiled at CeBIT 2019 in Sydney on Tuesday by the company's co-founders, managing director Benjamin Fleming and chief executive Shawn Taylor.
Fleming said the device would provide information to change the way humans understand, interact and protect the planet’s water bodies.
“We want to be able to educate the next generation about everything that exists in our world. The fact that we know more about space than we do about our own oceans is unacceptable with today’s technology," he said.
Benjamin Fleming and Shawn Taylor with the sub. Supplied
“As a research tool, the subs will provide insights useful for a range of industries with their ability to gather data. We will also be able to share knowledge and imagery with the public. Ultimately, we will be able to look at ways to live in better harmony with our planet."
The submarines are powered by lithium batteries and designed to ensure minimal environmental impact. They can operate two metres above the ocean floor and use camera imagery, sonar, motion tracking and artificial intelligence to navigate the underwater environment.
The subs can travel 100km and go down to 300 metres with a battery life of 40 hours, after which it will automatically return to base to recharge.
Taylor has a background in technology that includes more than 20 years’ experience in network infrastructure, server structure, business and system analysis, software development and various other areas of advanced engineering and IT. Fleming is an entrepreneur with more than 14 years in systems development, project mapping and deployment and a family history in private enterprise.
The first missions will be in Melbourne’s Bays and water bodies.