Raymarine adds augmented reality to Axiom

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Raymarine Axiom XL MFDs with ClearCruise AR augmented reality.
Raymarine Axiom XL MFDs with ClearCruise AR augmented reality.

See what lies ahead on water with integrated real-life camera views.

Marine electronics manufacturer FLIR Systems has launched a new augmented reality feature that integrates with its Raymarine Axiom multifunction displays (MFD) via a high-definition marine camera.

Called ClearCruise AR (Augmented Reality), the technology is designed to increase the navigational awareness of boaters by displaying real-time images of on-water objects in combination with navigational information on the Axiom displays. The system displays nearby navigation markers, automatic identification system (AIS) traffic, objects, and waypoints in sync with real-world imagery for instant recognition, making complex navigation and high traffic situations simpler to understand.

Raymarine has previously used augmented reality imaging with some of its smaller fishfinders but that technology relied on a using a smartphone and app to display the navigational objects. In contrast, ClearCruise AR video imagery is supported by Raymarine CAM210 HD marine cameras to provide the augmented reality view from any camera position on the vessel. It also integrates with a new video stabilisation module, the Raymarine AR200, which includes a precision GPS/GNSS sensor and the same attitude heading reference sensor (AHRS) technology used in Raymarine’s Evolution autopilots.

ClearCruise AR video imagery is supported by Raymarine CAM210 HD marine cameras.
ClearCruise AR video imagery is supported by Raymarine CAM210 HD marine cameras.

“Our new ClearCruise AR technology delivers an intuitive method of combining navigation data with the real world,” said Travis Merrill, president of the commercial business unit at FLIR. “Using Axiom’s powerful video capabilities and our exclusive AR200 video image stabilisation technology, ClearCruise AR gives captains greater confidence and peace of mind when navigating busy or unfamiliar waterways.”

ClearCruise AR recently received the Innovation Award in the OEM electronics category at the IBEX marine industry event in Tampa, Florida.

ClearCruise AR for Raymarine Axiom, Axiom Pro, and Axiom XL MFDs is compatible with the forthcoming LightHouse 3.7 OS update. The CAM210 HD marine video camera (RRP $999 inc GST) is currently available through FLIR’s network of Raymarine dealers and resellers. The AR200 video stabilisation module (RRP $899 inc GST) and LightHouse 3.7 will be available to download this month.

To find out more about ClearCruise AR, visit the website.

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