Beneteau and Peugeot receive design award

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The automotive-style dash was appreciated by the judging panel.

The automotive-style dash was appreciated by the judging panel.

The Peugeot Design Lab for Beneteau won the Janus Prospective Award from the French Institute of Design for its Sea Drive Concept during a ceremony held December 17 at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris.

The nautical dashboard was inspired by the Peugeot i-Cockpit and Ship Control technology developed by Beneteau. The jury also recognized the cooperation between automotive and nautical designers to create what could be the future of marine dash panels.

Beneteau says the concept bridge maximizes the ergonomics, agility and control for a captain with a blend of touchscreen and physical buttons.

“We are proud to receive the Janus Prospective Award,” Luca Brancaleon, general manager of Beneteau, in a statement. “It recognizes the cooperation between Beneteau and Peugeot at the service of ships captains. Innovation is part of the DNA between the two brands. The Sea Drive Concept combines Beneteau’s Ship Control technology and the ergonomics of Peugeot’s i-Cockpit.”

The Ship Control interface is an on board computer that assists in navigation and controlling on board systems including the engines, batteries, air conditioning, lighting and stereo. It can be run with the screen at the helm or with a detachable tablet.