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Autonomous mooring system - Brunswick-Apex A.I.
Autonomous mooring system – Brunswick-Apex

A.I. (Artificial intelligence) lands in the nautical world, with the project signed Brunswick Corporation and Apex.Ai. The U.S. group, which includes-among others-the electronics manufacturer brand Navico, the engine manufacturer Mercury Marine, and the Boston Whaler shipyard, unveiled in Miami the first system for autonomous boat mooring. It is a package designed together with developer Apex.Ai, a company that works on safety and software development for autonomous driving in the automotive field, and collaborates with several manufacturers around the world. Here is how the system works.

The Brunswick-Apex A.I. system

It could only be the United States that was the theater for the presentation of an autonomous driving system-though limited to mooring-in the nautical field. It is here, in fact, that the first self-driving vehicles, capable of lane keeping, overtaking, exiting and entering highways, and stopping at red lights and obstacles, were developed and marketed. So during the Miami Boat Show, Brunswick unveiled the first step toward full integration of a system that promises to make life aboard more pleasant and comfortable.

Autonomous mooring interface - Brunswick-Apex.Ai
Autonomous mooring interface – Brunswick-Apex.Ai

Apex.OS is the software solution that enables a fully autonomous system for mooring maneuvers in the harbor. Using an infrastructure of sensors, radar, and cameras, the software reconstructs the surroundings, figures out how to move and at what speed, and automatically moves the boat closer to the dock. The software is compatible with Navico systems and is governed directly from the multifunction, with the ability to stop the mooring maneuver in one click should it be necessary. Brunswick had announced some time ago that it would market Autonomy features starting in 2025. This is thus the first step in Brunswick’s ACES(Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification, Shared Access) strategy, which is likely to see debuts as early as 2024 on some models of the controlled brands. Images released for now show how the system installed aboard the
Boston Whaler 405 Conquest
, we will soon find out which of the Brunswick brands’ next models will benefit from this innovation.

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