VIDEO: Raymarine introduces automatic docking system

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Prestige Yachts and Raymarine displayed a new automatic docking system yesterday at Boot Düsseldorf. Raymarine said in a statement that its DockSense assisted-docking system is the marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for boating.

The statement said that DockSense uses FLIR machine-vision camera technology and video analytics “to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system to assist boat owners in tight-quarters docking maneuvering.”

“Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system embodies our focus on solutions by combining FLIR navigation, machine learning and sensing technologies,” said Jim Cannon, FLIR president and CEO, in the statement. “Most importantly, we bring these innovations together into a simple solution that addresses a key customer challenge by taking the stress out of docking a boat and makes the boating experience safer and more enjoyable for everyone on board.”

DockSense is designed to supplement a skipper’s boat-handling skills using the system’s “Virtual Bumper” technology around the vessel. If an object such as a piling or boat encounters the Virtual Bumper, DockSense automatically introduces corrective steering and throttle commands to avoid the object and assist the driver in guiding the vessel to the dock.

DockSense uses GPS and attitude heading reference system position sensing technology to compensate for the effects of wind and current. The system includes multiple FLIR cameras, a central processing module and the DockSense App running on Raymarine’s Axiom navigation display. It also integrates with joystick propulsion systems for assisted steering and throttle commands.

“The Raymarine DockSense solution will give future Prestige owners the confidence to dock safely and aligns with our vision to simplify the boating experience and make boating accessible to a much larger audience,” said Erik Stromberg, Prestige product marketing director, in the statement.

DockSense will be demonstrated on a Prestige 460 motoryacht during the Miami International Boat Show, which runs Feb. 14-18.

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