Volvo Penta Creates the Future Helm Stations

(Press Release)
Monday, July 02, 2012
Volvo Penta future helm station

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. 

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security

CMM Takes Delivery of Damen PSV for Brazil

New supplier CMM Gravity to start on long-term contract with Petrobras. CMM has taken delivery of a Damen Platform Supply Vessel 3300. The 80-meter, 3,300t deadweight

Ship as Lifeboat Concept Disputed by ICV

A recent meeting at the National Transportation Safety Board in Washington, D.C. (attended by International Cruise Victims (ICV) Board representatives) discussed

New Products

European Launch of SMS at Counter Terror Expo

Kelvin Hughes is delighted to announce that it will be displaying its new Single Mast Solution (SMS) at Counter Terror Expo 2014 from April 29-30. This will be

Holland American Line Launches 'Dive-in At The Terrace Grill’

Holland America Line is enhancing the Terrace Grill on its 15 premium ships and rebranding the popular lunch spot as “Dive-In at the Terrace Grill.” The outdoor

AMI Launches New Watermarkers Line

Applied Membranes, Inc. (AMI), an ISO 9001:2008 manufacturer of reverse osmosis systems, membranes and equipment, announced the launch of its new watermarkers product

Navigation

Reminder Stresses Importance of Accurate Clearance Information

The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey, has issued a reminder about the importance of providing accurate clearance information, and warns that civil penalties

NOAA Begins Hydrographic Survey Season

New data will update nautical charts around the country. As sure as spring arrives, NOAA vessels and independent contractors are hitting the seas for the nation's

Air Draft Alert: Bayonne Bridge Struck Twice this Year

The Bayonne Bridge is undergoing a two-year construction project to raise the roadway an average of 65 feet. The Captain of the Port, New York-New Jersey says that

Marine Equipment

Fishing Vessels Fit with Wärtsilä’s NOx Reducer

Wärtsilä said its new NOx Reducer will be fitted to two new fishing vessels under construction at the Celiktrans yard in Turkey. The ships are owned by HB Grandi,

Unique Technologies Improve Port Security

Practical results from the SUPPORT (Security UPgrade for PORTS) project, coordinated by BMT Group Ltd. and part-funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Security

Cruise Industry Highlights Environmental Efforts

In commemoration of Earth Day, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) today highlighted the extensive efforts of the cruise industry and CLIA member lines

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1848 sec (5 req/sec)