Marine industry giant Brunswick has previewed a self-docking boat that uses autonomous technology to navigate the docking process. The boat features stereo cluster cameras, a GPS mapping system, and other high-tech sensors that control computerized propulsion and steering systems. This technology aims to alleviate the challenges that both beginners and experts face when docking and undocking boats. Brunswick plans to extend the use of this technology beyond the dock, including aiding captains during rough weather conditions. However, the company emphasizes that there will still need to be someone at the helm, ready to take control if necessary.
Docking and undocking boats can be a nerve-racking experience, especially for beginners. To address this challenge, Brunswick has developed a self-docking boat that utilizes autonomous technology. Equipped with stereo cluster cameras, a GPS mapping system, and other advanced sensors, the boat can navigate the docking process without human intervention. The technology aims to make boating safer and more accessible for all users.
Brunswick’s autonomous technology has broader applications beyond the dock. It can assist captains in navigating treacherous conditions by using the cameras and sensors to calculate movement and avoid obstacles. The company has a roadmap for the technology’s development over the next 10 years. However, despite these advancements, Brunswick emphasizes that there will still need to be a human at the helm, ready to take control if needed. The autonomous technology is meant to aid and enhance the boating experience, rather than replace human involvement.