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VOLVO PENTA HAS CRE­ATED SELF-DOCK­ING TECH

Yachting - - FRONT PAGE - by david sch­midt

Volvo penta wants to lower stress lev­els when dock­ing by us­ing sen­sors, pro­ces­sors and In­board Per­for­mance Sys­tem (IPS) drives to guide a yacht au­tonomously into or along­side a berth — by the year 2020. ¶ To self-dock, a yacht needs to know its pre­cise lo­ca­tion and the berth’s ex­act po­si­tion, shape and size. Volvo Penta ac­com­plishes this by us­ing five sen­sors: four ashore and one on board. ¶ “The sen­sors on the dock know the [dock­ing] de­tails and com­mu­ni­cate with the boat,” says An­ders Thorin, Volvo Penta’s ma­rine elec­tron­ics man­ager. ¶ The tech­nol­ogy op­er­ates as a net­worked func­tion on the IPS’ con­troller area net­work. It re­quires Volvo Penta’s Joy­stick Driv­ing and Dy­namic Po­si­tion­ing Sys­tem equip­ment to be in­stalled. ¶ “Once the cap­tain has ac­ti­vated the self-dock­ing func­tion, the boat — aided by GPS — moves into a dock­ing-ready po­si­tion,” Thorin says. When the helms­man ini­ti­ates the fi­nal stage, GPS and sen­sors are used to move the boat into a berth. The tech­nol­ogy also lets the cap­tain take con­trol man­u­ally, if needed. Col­li­sion alert and avoid­ance fea­tures will be in­cluded in the sys­tem too. Take the next step: volvopenta.com

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