Boat docking just got simpler with the launch of Raymarine DockSense

The system is designed to augment a captain's boat handling skills using the system’s Virtual Bumper zone technology around the vessel.
The system is designed to augment a captain’s boat handling skills using the system’s Virtual Bumper zone technology around the vessel.

FLIR Systems has launched the Raymarine DockSense assisted docking system, which it bills as the marine industry’s first intelligent object recognition and motion sensing assisted docking solution for recreational boating.

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.

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

He continued, “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.”

The system is designed to augment a captain’s boat handling skills using the system’s Virtual Bumper zone technology around the vessel.

Should an object or another vessel encounter the Virtual Bumper, DockSense has been designed to automatically introduce corrective steering and throttle commands to avoid the object and assist the captain in guiding the vessel to the dock.

The system uses GPS and attitude heading reference system position sensing technology to compensate for wind and currents.

Multiple FLIR machine vision cameras, a central processing module and the DockSense App running on Raymarine’s Axiom navigation display are incorporated.

The system integrates with modern joystick propulsion systems.

Prestige Yachts will become the first production boat builder to use the technology

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