Great Lakes Angler Blog

Volvo Penta creates the future helm stations

Tuesday, July 03, 2012
Share |

Car drivers start their engines, electrical systems and instruments with the single push of a button. In the boating world it’s not quite that simple – yet. Volvo Penta has started development work for integrated, modularized and more user-friendly helm stations for the boats of tomorrow. Volvo Penta is now presenting the first outlines of how these helm stations will be designed in the future. The development has more and more moved in the direction of the thinking in the automotive industry, with fully integrated and user-friendly driver environments.

Ergonomics and field of vision are two areas of the helm station where Volvo Penta has identified a great potential for improvement, and for this work Volvo Penta employs the advanced know-how that is available within other businesses in the Volvo Group; Trucks, Construction Equipment and Buses.

These Volvo companies deliver products with professional driver environments with heavy demands on safety, field of vision and ergonomics, where the seats, the controls and instruments are optimized in order to create the best possible conditions for the driver.

“There’s a lot of inspiration to be gathered from here, for the boating industry as well,” says Anders Bondesson head of design at Volvo Penta, “and it’s only natural that we, in our role as supplier of the most important component of the boat’s energy system, are the ones pushing the fast technical developments of solutions that make life easier and safer for boat builders and boat owners alike.”

Volvo Penta’s vision for the future is to deliver complete and ergonomically optimized modules where the boat’s propulsion system is fully integrated with the navigation and communication instruments and all other electrical equipment on board.

“Since the actual needs and the interior design differ so much between different boat types, we’ll never be able to design a driver environment that fits all boats, but we’ll be able to offer more standardized and intuitive solutions that take the driver’s needs into account much more than today,” says Anders Bondesson.

Volvo Penta has no time plan for when the complete new driver environments will be ready for the market, but already this year products such as Joystick Driving are launched. These products are important parts of the development towards increased integration between engine and instruments.

“There are a lot of things going on in these areas and we want to take advantage of the new technology in order to create intuitive and user-friendly helm stations that make it possible for boaters to think less about navigation and the next docking and instead, with increased safety, enjoy their boating experience,” says Anders Bondesson.

PICTURE: This is how future’s driver environments might look. Ergonomical – and with the latest technology, easily accessible for the driver. Volvo Penta’s vision is to be able to offer complete helm stations with the same user-friendliness as a car or a truck.

GlAngler Subscription

Recent Posts


Green Bay, Wisconsin BASSMASTER CLASSIC Skamania Mania Innovative Outdoors weather Kayaks LOTSA Tracker Marine Accon Marine Insurance Minn Kota Games Rippin Lips Coleman USO EZ Splice Fasteners Radio AKOYA Video ABT Lures Sport Shows Boat lifts Angler 175T Coleman cooler Iaconelli jigs Lights Bheestie Bag Rippin' Lips marlin Dollohan IGFA Team Aqua-Vu Matt Straw Lowrance Rapala U.S.S.A. Line Mercury Marine Z-Man Great Lakes Troller Endura Camera mount Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series RAT FINKEE Boats Michigan City, Indiana Lake Huron Bass lure Hobie Kevin Van Dam One-Handle-Does-It-All System Acme Jonathon VanDam Scott Glorvigen Greater Niagara Fishing & Outdoor Expo Gary Giudice Beckson Marine Deck Plate High school bass fishing Venice, Louisiana Jeff Gustafson dock lines iPhone Beckson Marine CMP Global Spencer Yachts Topwater Gill NA Navigation Launch ramp BASSMASTER Grady-White Martin-Flory Rods Rescue Hunting FRIDAY FUNNIES Uncle Norm's Sharpeners Jack Links Strike King Muskie Lure WeatherStation B.A.S.S. Marine Speakers Walleye tournament Tom Neustrom Tools Bass Pro Shops Gift Card Bait Rigs Personal Flotation Device ShowSpan Titan Chain Snow-Shoe Tip-Up Line Recycle Bin Ranger New Lures Sportsman's rights Mike Seymour Macho Minnow Ditty bag Crankbait Net Boating Dave Mull Blog Boating safety Electronics Knives exotic invader PRADCO iPilot Link Matt Serbenski Wind Power John E. Phillips Personal Flotation Devices Wild River series Brown trout Walleye NAIFC Championship Torpedo Divers Simrad Jeff's Tackle Shop eZSplice Tides Blue Heron Communications Frigibar Ascend Bug repellent Slide Moor DuraSafe Electronics Lock Trade Shows iPilot Up Stream Hydration Back Pack Batteries Whistler Spoon Chaco Fuel Insect repellent Dan Egan Asian carp Fishouflage MWC Indiana DNR spinning rod EZ Dock Wounded Warriors Dollahon EZ BoatPort redfish Rain suit Fishing Clubs award Honda cruzin Onyx Bass fishing Shurhold Corey Schmidt PFDs Alaska Odd'ball Fin Spin Tournaments Cabela's Davis Instruments Boat US Conservation Marathon Water Buddies Silver Horde Scott Martin Wake Fishing KVD clubs Baitcast Fishing Pole BBQ Lighter AmVets F-Series Storm Gear Soft Jigwobbler Free Fishing Weekend Boat names MUSHING Boat maintenance BoatUS Aqua Vu Lake Erie Mary Snyder Size limits Fish America Foundation Green Bay Spreads Soul5 Tackle Labs Smartfind S20 Personal AIS Beacon Evinrude Costa OHIO Whale Pumps New York River Fishing Ravenswood Media Evolve Full Throttle Gull Lake Marine Serious Shine New Zealand Bass great lakes Ultimate Flannel Shirts Sunstream Boat Lifts Chargers Izaak Walton League mudsnail Deep Sea Diver Foul weather gear Orca Fin System Rain gear Mack's Lures Glacier Glove LineSnubber Rovermax LR 100 Monel Metal NMEA Tip-Up ice fishing, Bro Show, Traditions Media Andrew Dordek sunglass Future Fisherman Foundation Records Thermacell Mark Zona Ryan Kleckner DSC Headgear Brad's Skarlis Wedding Ring Army Corp of Engineers Lighting Lock Promise Keeper Grand Rapids Ultimate Outdoors Show Home Port Marine Marketing 580P lenses Lip-Stix YUM Dinger Mustad Prosepec Electronics Coast Guard Rig'N Tails Scholarship Dave Mull GPS Speedometer YUM Chatterbait Soo Locks USCGA Church Tackle On board Bass Pro Shops Mr. Twister Technology Delorme Ethanol bimini top Princecraft Ice Fishing splice blue marlin Hamlin Goby InvisaSnap Contest 360 Extended Warranty Grab Rail ABT X-2 Countdown TRAC Ecological Custom Jigs & Spins Andrew Semprevivo Bibs Plano Oculus Muscle Squared 65 KVD Speedbag toilet Marine Radio Contaminants Seakeeper gyro Moisture Muncher Jeff Wenzel Niagara Falls Absolute Outdoor, Inc. PulseTech Glorvigen USCG Chronglobal Alaskan Dogs Tournament Bad Elf Earth Day Lake of the Woods Mack's Lure Frabill Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Berkley Boga Magnum Flow-Troll Lake Ontario Ned Rig Tournament Grade Circle Hooks JVD Audio Lake Michigan Kill switch Chicago barrier Marcum inReach USSA Whale Hevi-Beads Swanson-Russell University of Buffalo Bristol Bay Keep Kool Lake trout Fishing Wildlife Forever South Haven, Michigan Tight Lines Jewelry Clay Dyer MATE USA boat rental Multi-species Ditch treestand injury The Harry Lure CUSTOM JIGS 'N' SPINS hardbaits ChartSelect Louie Stout radar Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plate Patrick Hurst Shoremaster Slender Spoon Homeport Marine Marketing Shock Wave spreader light Betsy Black Velvet Bass Pro Plano Tackle Boxes Kurt Mazurek HELLA Alabama Rig Michigan DNR Barry Brown Marine Kayak Lake Assault Swim Whizz Bristol Bay Salmon Sunglasses Tyee Big Bear Products Sphaera Costa Sunglasses Rugged Shark exotic species Brian "Bro" Brosdahl Fort Wayne, Indiana Rubrail Triton Boats Ultracoat FLW WileyX Reef Runner VMC Wisconsin Ice Features Owners tournament Oakley Sunglasses Boat Covers News Gene Larew DuraSafe Gear YUMphibian Todd Sokolow CLASSIC Mosquito repellent Costa Del Mar Interlux Lund Boats Mazurek Safety Salmon Unlimited of Illinois Humminbird SOG spoon tackle storage LineGrabber McMurdo Ranger VS1780 Pharmaceuticals Normark Mark Chmura Hobie Pro Angler La Mar Lake Superior Radial Lead Husky Jerk Rushton Gregory Lakemaster Legend Extreme Plano Synergy METS RedHead Tommy Skarlis Milennia MIL-iDock Reese Invasive species fitness Streams Micro-Mobile Pro Viewing Case Kindle book Side Imaging Aqua-Vu SeaLife Cameras ATV EVOLVE FISHING CO 1675 Pro Guide Northland Optima Practical Sailor Mystery Tackle Box BoatUS Angler Masters Walleye Circuit Aquatic AV Speakers Raritan Shoes Sun protection Trout Unlimited Legend Gold Traditions Media Yamaha Extreme Baitcast Reel Catfish Cliff Pace Brian Brosdahl Sheldon's Nautical Vick Knife sharpening Fish Hawk XD4 Dave Genz Smart Guide Publications Holland ONIX Storage Yamaha ATV Air show The Conference & Event Center Niagara Falls Jerky St. Croix Rods Swedish FireKnife STRATTEC Dogwood Canyon Trail Runs Conservation BOLT Padlock tree stand injury Telescoping JIggler Long Rod ODNR MULL BLOG Downriggers TRAC South Haven Weather Buoy Walleyes Marine General Aluminum Deep V Series Flat Slider 75 PLB Aqualuma Bob Schmidt Bro Brosdahl Manistee Fiberglass tiller Quantum LakeMaster Western States Version Marsh Madness Bethel University Bait head Brite Wash Rough Weather Cannon Apps Faria Synergy Outdoors Traxstech ASA Lund SeaEra QC Port of Indiana Smart Guide to Freshwater Fishing Stabenow Bait Holder Accessories Pro Polish Deck Plate Marine Lighting Safe boating Okuma Swim bait Oshkosh Beckson KVD Speedbag Wormfile Buff Gunnison, CO Ranger Boats Steve Wood Angler JBL Brandon Newby Youth Kevin VanDam Black Earth Creek News/Social Dunkirk, NY Northwest Indiana Steelheaders binoculars National Guard Olcott, NY Multitools Mag Light Beckson Marine Stowaway Bag Plates and Kits iPad Gary Dollahon Grunden's Pop-Up LED Bowlights Ryan Wilson Power Airmar Bug bite relief Fiberglass boat Autotether Shipping WFN Footwear Clam Turning Point Props Marine NewsWire Catch & Cook Bass Pro Shops Four-Person Dome Tent with Screen Porch Tim Popfinger Shelter Michigan Minnesota Gravity Traditions GPS for Lightning Connector Forage Minnow St. Croix Tackle Bag Volvo Penta Global Spectrum Balog Side Thruster LCWCC Blue Collar Outdoors Larson Electronics Salmon