Announced by Flir Marine, Raymarine DockSense uses machine vision camera technology and video analytics to integrate intelligence gathered from surrounding imagery with the vessel’s propulsion and steering system.
Another cutting edge solution aimed at making boating even easier: this is Raymarine DockSense, a new way to assist boat owners in tight quarter docking maneuvering. When wind and tides make the task more difficult, docking can be stressful (and expensive).
Raymarine DockSense is designed to augment a captain’s handling skills using the system’s Virtual Bumper zone technology around the vessel. Should an object like a piling or another vessel encounter the Virtual Bumper, DockSense automatically introduces corrective steering and throttle commands to avoid the object and assist the captain in guiding the vessel to the dock.
DockSense uses GPS and AHRS (attitude heading reference system) technology to compensate for the effects of wind and currents, ensuring the vessel enters the dock without drama or costly collisions. The system includes multiple Flir machine vision cameras, a central processing module, and the DockSense App running on Raymarine’s Axiom navigation display. The system integrates with joystick propulsion systems, providing assisted steering and throttle commands to help captains make a smooth arrival.
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Flir has stated that Prestige Yachts, a brand of Beneteau, Group, will become the first to demonstrate the technology.
For this reason, Raymarine DockSense technology is previewed at the Düsseldorf Boat Show, at the Raymarine stand (Hall 11, Stand A42) and the Prestige stand (Hall 6, Stand D57). As for the water, DockSense will also be demonstrated on a Prestige 460 motor yacht during the Miami Boat Show in February 2019.