Raymarine is planning to unveil its DockSense assisted-docking technology to U.S. boaters at the Miami International Boat Show in February, aboard a Prestige 460 motoryacht.
DockSense is an object-recognition and motion-sensing technology. It uses FLIR machine vision camera technology and video analytics, combined with a yacht’s propulsion and steering system, to help boat owners with docking.
A Virtual Bumper zone is enabled around the vessel. Should a piling or another vessel encounter the Virtual Bumper, DockSense automatically introduces corrective steering and throttle commands to avoid the object.
DockSense compensates for the effects of wind and currents, and integrates with joystick propulsion systems.