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



Tags

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

Archive