Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables and helping the vessel stay on its intended course
Azimut Yachts was the first of Volvo Penta’s European customers to test the new Volvo Penta Assisted technology. Innovation technology is a focal point for Azimut Yachts: the company has a specific and constantly evolving innovation program that aims to make the customer experience the best possible. Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking fits perfectly within this framework – enabling Azimut Yachts to provide its owners an enhanced cruising experience, making life easier on board and much more intuitive. The two companies have worked together to install the new Assisted Docking technology into an Azimut Atlantis 45 and the system was tested by the Azimut team in Florida.
‘I was blown away by the Assisted Docking system,’ said Federico Ferrante, President Azimut | Benetti Americas. ‘Azimut Yachts is a company that’s extremely receptive to innovation. We’re always aiming to change the status quo, to think out of the box. For us Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking was a no-brainer, it’s a game-changer for easy docking. Assisted Docking is just another step towards a better product, a better experience for our customer.’
Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking system integrates a software layer developed in-house with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System (DPS) and proprietary Inboard Performance Systems (IPS) for a complete package including HMI (human-machine interface) at the helm, electronics via the engine, propulsion systems, and sensors, and advanced navigation processing power for a much easier boating experience, even in rough conditions.
The Assisted Docking system will gradually be introduced – in a step-by-step process – starting in Spring 2021. It will be available for installation on new boat models, as an upgradeable option for Volvo Penta IPS-equipped motor yachts sized 35ft to 120ft long. The Assisted Docking system will be sold directly to Original Equipment Manufacturers.
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