Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking technology has been honored among the top products of the year by Boating Industry magazine
The top 50 boating products appeared in the May issue of the monthly boating trade magazine. They were chosen by the editors from hundreds of nominations, based on their impact on the industry, innovation and how they advanced their category.
“With Boating Industry’s Top Products program, we are always looking for products that are not only bringing the industry into the future, but also making boating an easier and more enjoyable experience for the consumer,” said Adam Quandt, managing editor of Boating Industry. “Volvo Penta’s new Assisted Docking technology does just that and so much more, making it an easy choice for Top Products recognition. With the help of Volvo Penta, boating continues to become easier and easier for anyone and allows for a better, stress-free experience out on the water, every single time.”
Debuted and recognized as a “Best in Show” finalist at the virtual 2021 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Volvo Penta’s Assisted Docking technology addresses one of the most challenging aspects of boating—docking. It is the industry’s first fully integrated Assisted Docking system that gives the captain better control when docking a boat by automating his or her intentions, compensating for some dynamic variables, such as wind and current, and helping the vessel stay on its intended course.
The Assisted Docking system integrates a software layer developed in-house with the company’s GPS-based Dynamic Positioning System and proprietary Inboard Performance System (IPS) for a complete package. This includes human-machine interface at the helm; electronics via the engine; propulsion systems and sensors; and advanced navigation processing power for an easy boating experience, even in rough conditions. The boat docking system also takes into account certain external forces (i.e. wind, current) and the EVC system – upgraded with in-house developed software – compensates to ensure the boat follows the captain’s intentions.
“When you own a beautiful vessel, you want to attract attention for the right reasons, not because of the challenges that can occur when trying to dock a boat,” said Martin Bjuve, president of Volvo Penta of the Americas. “With advancements like Assisted Docking and Silent Shift, Volvo Penta takes away the pressure of this often-stressful maneuver and makes any captain shine – regardless of their level of experience.”