The marine autopilot systems enable to automatically manage the trajectory of a ship or boat in water. In normal course of sailing a ship, human-specific hands-on management is required and the marine autopilot systems are built to minimize the human-specific hands-on control features. The captains and sailing crew of a ship will need to focus and give full attention in order to sail it smoothly. The long journeys which are without stops will need some sort of alternative autonomous system to control the ship on a continuous basis. The continuous attention on the ship navigation system for many hours may be a fatigue for the sailing crew and the autopilot systems for marine operations are adopted for conducting conventional shipping navigation and sailing automatically.
Gps or global positioning system is an essential part of navigation assistance tool for the travelers on sea or land. The sports watches containing GPS based features are a good tool to facilitate the ship navigators. The Garmin forerunner with GPS parameters includes helpful features for accurate speed, distance and time measurement. GPS on watch can be best navigation assistant for the navigation and sailing crew on a boat. The watch-based gps system enables the sailing crew to know their navigation and existing position without even establishing any connection to the ship or boat’s electricity generator. This gps based watch can be handy and useful in case all the power and other mechanical members are not operatable due to an emergency.
The marine autopilots employ software-based technology to control the trajectory of the ship in the water. The software may record the existing position of the ship or boat and regulates marine based control system for guiding the ship navigation. The software-based control provides convenience and assistance to human handlers and shipping crew to run the navigation and sailing operations efficiently. The software which is used for controlling the sailling and marine trajectory is linked with the gps system for observing and identifying the current positioning corresponding to it. The autopilot approach facilitates in marine operations which involve long distanced water based trajectories. This concept is becoming popular among marine industry and the research is underway to further maturing it. The autopilot systems for the marine industry are dedicated systems which are expensive but efforts are underway to introduce the feature of premium pricing.