Last year Volvo Penta and Garmin teamed up to produce an integrated helm system that
allows the operator to monitor and control navigation and engine functions from one or
more multi-function displays (MFDs). By the end of the year the Glass Cockpit System had
taken top honors in its category in a pair of prestigious awards—the IBEX Innovation
Award and the DAME Award. Judges likened the OEM-installed glass bridge to offering
the same dashboard functionality as an automobile and lauded it for “setting a new standard in integration.” Here’s a closer look.
lass helms are nothing new, especially aboard large yachts. For years marine electronics
dealers and some boat builders have installed multiple MFDs in dashboards and linked
them to black box sending units tucked away in remote locations. The operator flicks
on the system and decides which of many onboard functions to display and control
from the monitors.
Volvo Penta and Garmin have taken this concept a step or two further by adding seamless engine
control functionality and making the system available as a turnkey package from the boat builder.
BY JIM FULLILOVE, Editor
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