Ip Applications


The MAID technology provides for fully autonomous docking and positioning applications for manoeuvring a vessel towards a desired docking location while autonomously compensating for any external variables which affect the motion of the vessel. MAID is a closed loop technology that senses the surrounding environment to provide feedback enabling the navigation system to constantly calculate and perform the necessary adjustments to maintain a collision-free course of travel to arrive at a desired position as selected by the operator.

The MAID technology incorporates multiple functions for a fully autonomous intelligent docking and positioning system providing the ultimate in safety, and efficiency in every situation.


MAID’s patented technology has been tested, trialled and demonstrated and precisely identifies the vessel’s current position relative to its surroundings and calculates a collision free trajectory to the selected docking location. The target location area may be validated and pre-determined to ensure there is sufficient area to accommodate the dimensions of the vessel. The MAID technology autonomously engages the drive systems to maneuver the vessel on the planned collision-free path of travel at a controlled velocity to the selected target location. The MAID technology controls the rate of travel and reduces the velocity as the vessel nears the targeted location, autonomously stopping the vessel at the desired target location and maintaining the position relative to the dock or object until the system is disengaged.

The MAID technology may be applied to incorporate dynamic obstacles handling to recognize and track other vessels and objects in the harbor, autonomously rerouting the path as required to maintain a collision free path of travel during the docking procedure. Incorporating A.I. learn-in technology with MAID’s patented method provides the ability to collect vessel performance and experiences building its own knowledge base to become more precise with every operation which makes the MAID IP highly adaptable to varying types of ships and marine vessels.

The MAID technology is highly innovative with no requirement to measure any of the individual external variables that affect the motion of the vessel. All external variables are resolved with a single unique method and its simplicity provides reliability, less components, low production cost and millimeter perfect precision. All components are intended to be integrated within the vessel with no requirement for any external equipment on the dock providing the versatility to operate with precision at any dock, in any marina, day or night, anywhere in the world.


Recreational Applications

The MAID technology also has potential applications for the recreational marine sector

Slip/Pen Docking Mode

Reverse Docking Mode

Side Docking Mode

Dock Departure Mode

Vessel to Vessel Positioning Mode

Buoy Positioning Mode

Accident Avoidance Mode

Autonomous Docking Overhead View