Carplounge Autopilot – V3 - out now!To make the use of BaitBoats even more intuitive and precise we developed the new Autopilot-System with a unique control concept exclusively for our BaitBoats and special Boat Jobs. After a 3 year developing phase and internal testing, the Autopilot finally reached its productive state and we already built in more than 600 Autopilots into RT4 Boats.
-more Wirelessrange with short Antennas (868 GHz) New Version: Autopilot V3 Hardware! -optimized tilt compensated Compass software with Autocalibration -Live Master/Slave Control with the Handset -New Tap to Map Funktion!
Magazin Issue 514: "Without a doubt, this system is a revolution when it comes to baitboat technology. It is easy to use and completely self-explanatory. All functions can be easily managed and controlled. With the Autopilot-Control-System Carplounge once again shows its leading market position.
Function: Instead of using a normal remote control the Carplounge Autopilo t uses a Android Tablet/Phone. The requiered software can be downloaded for free from the Google Playstore and supports every Android device with an Bluetooth interface. The Tablet connects via Bluetooth to an Transmitterbox to the BaitBoat and offers complete control over the BaitBoat with an intuitiv Touchscreen interface. The manuell mode offers normal functions as driving and action trigger but also improved as driving with auto-heading. Position, course and heading (compass funtion!) of the BaitBoat are mapped in real time. Good spots, which for example where discoverd with the sonar can be saved as geolocations and named with intuitiv names like “ridge left” “spot 1” “home” etc.
The autopilot mode offers to combine these spots with the according actions (open left hopperdoor / open right hopperdoor / open left release / open right release / turn on light / etc.) into routes which then can be processed fully automatic. Example: 1.) drive to postion “spot 1” and open right hopperdoor when arrived 2.) drive to position “ridge left” and open left hopperdoor when arrived 3.) drive back to the “home” position and flash lights one time. The boat can now be filled with the rig and baits to drive the route or an other again. An almost infinite amount of spots and routes can be saved. With extremly precise measures like tilt and acceleration sensors combined with leading edge GPS and Compass-technologie a absolute precise control of the Boat, with an accuracy of less then 30cm in over 90% of all GPS recieving conditions. Also the string rigging during drive espeacially for deploying 2 rods at the same time at different spots is managed intelligent: If the tension on one or both Rods is increased the integrated electronics will recognize and compensate this. This way the BaitBoat will allways drive in straigt lines betweens spots without driving arcs and creating string bows.
Control: The Autopilot replaces the normal remote control for the BaitBoat. Even tough we can offer the possibility to combine an normal remote control with the Autopilot. This way you can choose if you prefer to control the Boat with your Tablet or your old fashioned remote control. The App can be used on any Bluetooth capable Android Tablet/Phone. At the moment our App is optimized on 7-inch Tablets, but support for 4 inch to 10 inch Tablets/Phones will be added soon. The Boat can be controled with the touch pad or alternativly for example the “Archos Gamepad” has an incorporated joystick which also can be used to steer the Boat.( AmazonLink)
Updates and improvements on a regular bases The possibilitys and intuitive Control concept of the new autopilot system will on medium term replace the normal remote controls on our BaitBoats. There for the free App (downloadable via Google Play Store) will be further developed and extended. With automatic updates we offer a fast way to add customer wishes, changes and extensions! The autopilot app gets (as usual on Tables/Smartphons) automatically updated. Transmitterbox The transmitterbox is mounted on the included tripod. Incorporated is a directional radio antenna which guarantees stable coverage over 500+ meter and an internal 12V LiIon accumulator with 6600mAh which ensures runtimes up to 18 hours! Additionally an external accumulator with an range of 6V to 20V can be connected (for example: 12V Lead or 4S Lipo/LiIon accumulator) to increase the runtime even more. A super fast 2 Port USB 3.0 charge connector gives the oppurtunity to charge the Tablet/Phone and other USB devices with up to 5A! Optionally the Transmitterbox can be equipped with the “Lowrance wireless Sonar reciever” and the Sonar-Monitor can be mounted on top of the casing. This way the Autopilot and the Radio-Sonar can be powered with the same accumulator and everything builds an compact unit.
Optional: Ultrasonic Distancecontrol Optionally the Baot can be equipped with an ultrasonic distancecontrol which measures the distance to obstacles like the shore, trees, pile walls etc. during drive. The results are showed graphical on the tablet when the obstacles are in an range of 2 meters in front of the Boat. This gives the autopilot the possibility to react automically if an obstacle is in an range of 80cm. When auto-collision-avoidance is active the Boat will auto stop or turn back if an collision is most likely, by doing this collisions with dynamic or static obstacles or stucking in bushes are effectively prevented. The Waterproof ultrasonic distance warner is mounted on top of the Boat. (Measures: 56mm,24mm,30mm)
Optional: Explorerinterface With the Explorerinterface Carplounge is world wide the first BaitBoat manufacturer with the possibility to create 3D deepths maps wireless. To achieve this the GPS geolocations are available via USB from the Transmitterbox. With the included “Explorer-Cable” radio sonars with NMEA output, like the “Lowrance Elite 4” can also be connected via USB to an Laptop. With an depths mapping software like “ReefMaster” the gained GPS and depths data can then be converted into full 3D modell of the mapped area. Delivery includes: -Bluetooth Transmitterbox with tripod -Incorporated 12V LiIon accumulator -Charger -SensorSystem box with mounting spad -Antenna + Antenna-cabel An Android Tablet/Phone with Bluetooth is required. (We suggest Samsung Tablets; for example "Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 Lite")
We offer the autopilot exclusivly to our RT4 customers. For other Boat-Types please send an request. Development and production 100% made in Germany!