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


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