Volvo Penta announced it started development work for integrated, modularized and easier-to-use helm stations for the boats of tomorrow.
Volvo Penta is now presenting the first outlines of how these helms will be designed, moving in the direction of the automotive industry with fully integrated and easy-to-use driver environments.
Ergonomics and field of vision are two areas of the helm station where Volvo Penta has identified a great potential for improvement.
"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 boatbuilders and boat owners alike," Volvo Penta head of design Anders Bondesson said in a statement.
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," Bondesson said.