THE MAiD SYSTEM

MAiD (Marine Autonomous Intelligent Docking) System is a fully autonomous docking system which manoeuvres your vessel towards your desired docking location while autonomously compensating for any exterior elements which affect the motion of your vessel. The MAiD system constantly calculates and performs the necessary adjustments to maintain a collision-free course of travel in order to arrive at your desired position as selected by the operator when the process was initiated.

The MAiD System incorporates multiple functions for a fully autonomous intelligent docking system providing the ultimate in passenger and vessel safety, pleasure and satisfaction in every situation.

HOW MAiD WORKS

MAiD System utilises Photographic and Infrared sensor technologies integrated within the marine vessel to provide surrounding environmental awareness for several hundred feet in real time, allowing the operator to select a target location on an interactive monitor to re-position the vessel autonomously from the present location to a desired position alongside a dock or object.

The operator moves a small image of the vessel from the centre of the interactive monitor with their fingertip to the target location where they wish to position their vessel. With a touch of the monitor, the MAiD System is engaged, and the vessel’s movement, velocity and direction are autonomously controlled as the system guides the vessel to the target location, autonomously stopping the vessel at a default distance from the dock, regardless of normal wind and water currents.

The PCU receives information from the sensors, determining the distance and direction of the docking location and the trajectory of the vessels path is determined and planned by the processor control unit (PCU). The system validates and pre-determines the target location area is of sufficient area to accommodate the dimensions of the vessel upon which the PCU engages the drive systems to autonomously manoeuvre the vessel on the planned collision-free path of travel at a controlled velocity to the selected target location. MAiD System autonomously stops the vessel at the target location and maintains the position until the system is disengaged.

All MAiD components are integrated within the vessel with no requirement for any external equipment on the dock giving the MAiD System the versatility to operate with precision at any dock, in any marina, anywhere in the world.

Slip/Pen Docking Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the operator selects targeted location in a slip or between two objects and the MAiD System validates and determines targeted location area is of sufficient size to accommodate the dimensions of the vessel. The MAiD System will autonomously maneuver the vessel while maintaining a 2 feet distance between side objects and the sides of the vessel and will stop 3 feet away from the dock and maintain the position regardless of wind or water currents.

Reverse Docking Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the operator selects a targeted stern location and the MAiD System validates and determines targeted location area is of sufficient size to accommodate the dimensions of the vessel. MAiD system autonomously maneuvers the vessel in reverse direction to the targeted location and autonomously stops the vessel 3 feet away from the dock and maintains that position at 90 degrees to dock, regardless of wind or water currents.

Side Docking Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the operator selects the targeted location relative to a dock and the MAiD System validates and determines targeted location area is of sufficient size to accommodate the dimensions of the vessel. The MAiD system autonomously maneuvers the vessel to the targeted location and autonomously stops the vessel 2 feet from the dock.

Dock Departure Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the operator selects a targeted location away from the dock. The MAiD system will autonomously maneuver the vessel away from the dock to the targeted location on a collision-free path of travel at a controlled velocity and maintain the final targeted location regardless of wind or water currents.

Vessel to Vessel Positioning Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the operator selects a targeted location relative to a static or moving vessel and the MAiD System will autonomously maneuver the vessel to the targeted location and then maintain position alongside the other vessel regardless of wind or water currents. The MAiD System can also autonomously position a vessel alongside a structure/object at sea.

Buoy Positioning Mode

With a single touch of the MAiD interactive monitor, the MAiD system will autonomously maneuver the vessel at a controlled velocity to the desired buoy or mooring location and stop the vessel 3 feet away from the buoy/mooring until the vessel is secured. The buoy/mooring location can be selected up to 200 feet away.

Accident Avoidance Mode

If accident avoidance mode is activated on the MAiD interactive monitor, the MAiD system controls the vessel velocity at 5 knots and autonomously stops the vessel 20 feet from any object in the vessel’s path of travel and remains at this position until the path is cleared. This feature is particularly useful in busy marina areas with high vessel traffic.