Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System Links Boat Driveline & Navigation

By George Backwell at August 02, 2013 23:48
Filed Under: Marine Electronics

‘Glass cockpit system’  – though a term likely not familiar to sailors – was chosen by Volvo Penta to describe a new driveline and navigation display system, which they say changes the design of the boat driver’s environment from scratch.

Basically, ‘glass cockpit’, as understood by aviators, features a large LCD or LED electronic instrument display on a single screen that can be adjusted to show information of interest from flight management systems;  a development designed to allow pilots to put their focus on only the most pertinent information rather than on numerous mechanically linked dials and gauges. This is the concept Volvo Penta has developed and ‘sailorized’ in conjunction with Garmin International’s marine business segment.

Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit Information & Control System: Rendering courtesy of Volvo Penta

Offered in 8-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch multi-function display or a 15-inch, 17-inch and 19-inch monitor with accompanying black box processor, a Remote Input Device and SD Card Reader, the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System is versatile for installation in any boat type or location.

The display itself is built with the all glass, flat-mounted design of the current GPSMAP® 8000 Glass Helm Series offered by Garmin to boaters worldwide and incorporates a Volvo Penta user interface to Engine Vessel Control (EVC), Volvo Penta’s electronic platform.

The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit displays are designed with ease of use and intuitive handling in mind, with touch and pinch-to-zoom functionality. The driver decides what functions should be displayed on the screens and how they should be distributed. Depending on boat type and size, one or more displays can be mounted on the dashboard.

Fully integrated with the EVC
The system is fully integrated with the Electronic Vessel Control (EVC), Volvo Penta’s unique electronic platform. That means that all Volvo Penta’s Easy Boating options such as Dynamic Positioning System, Interceptors and Autopilot can be monitored and controlled through the displays.

It also means that when the boat is powered up, all screens are lit up simultaneously, in an automobile-like manner. All settings that are made, including instrument dimming, are carried out concurrently at the helm and the flybridge.

Auto Guidance From ‘A’ to ‘B’ –  Automatically

The unique Auto Guidance function is one example of the many extremely useful features in the Glass Cockpit System. By searching through all relevant nautical charts, it creates a route that guides the driver to avoid shallow water, buoys and other obstacles. Coupled with the Volvo Penta Autopilot, the Auto Guidance will not only show the way, it will actually take the boat there!

The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System will be exclusively sold through the Volvo Penta distribution network, while compatible radar, sonar and additional marine network accessories can be purchased from any Garmin retailer.  The new system will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013. 

 

 

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