Raymarine launches docking assist technology

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DockSense creates a Virtual Bumper around the vessel to assist in avoiding nearby objects while docking.
DockSense creates a Virtual Bumper around the vessel to assist in avoiding nearby objects while docking.

Prestige Yachts will be the first to demonstrate new DockSense system.

Marine electronics manufacturer FLIR Systems has unveiled details of its Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system which uses a combination of video cameras and positioning technology to help boat owners dock their vessels safely.

The company also announced that Prestige Yachts, part of Groupe Beneteau, will be the first powerboat brand to use the technology, previewing it at the boot Düsseldorf show in Germany and demonstrating a Prestige 460 motor yacht using the technology during the Miami International Boat Show in February.

The DockSense system 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 quarter docking manoeuvring. It is designed to augment a captain's boat handling skills with a 'Virtual Bumper' zone around the vessel which will automatically carry out corrective steering and throttle commands if an object comes too close to the boat.

DockSense also uses global positioning system (GPS) and attitude heading reference system (AHRS) position sensing technology to compensate for the effects of wind and currents, ensuring the vessel enters the dock without drama or costly collisions.

DockSense uses multiple FLIR machine vision cameras to analyse nearby objects.
DockSense uses multiple FLIR machine vision cameras to analyse nearby objects.

The package includes multiple FLIR machine vision cameras, a central processing module, and the DockSense App running on Raymarine’s Axiom navigation display. The system is designed to integrate with modern joystick propulsion systems.

“Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system embodies our focus on solutions by combining FLIR navigation, machine learning, and sensing technologies,” said Jim Cannon, president, and CEO of FLIR.

“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 onboard.”

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