Assisted Docking works with Volvo Penta’s joystick technology and software developed with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System, adding automated functionality that compensates for such conditions as tide, wind and current when approaching a dock.
“Our collaboration with Absolute Yachts is an opportunity to test the Assisted Docking system on the entire range of Volvo Penta IPS-powered boats, in line with our Easy Boating philosophy,” said Volvo Penta head of marine sales Andrea Piccione. “The goal is to add value to both the shipyard and the end user by creating a truly integrated system from the propeller through to transmission and throttles.”
The builder’s 48 Coupé — the first model in a new series — will debut with Assisted Docking at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
“Our dialogue with suppliers is a great source of inspiration, especially strategic ones who share our values and objectives, like Volvo Penta,” said Absolute founding partner and director of R&D Sergio Maggi. “The Assisted Docking system is clearly one of the solutions that will make it possible for us to meet the latest market needs by leveraging man-machine interaction, and to drive the shipyard’s evolutionary process.”