Volvo Penta is always ahead of the game with their groundbreaking technology, and this time is no exception.
The sophisticated marine giant introduced the new technology aboard an Azimut 68 test boat last Saturday at the Volvo Ocean Race in Gothenburg, Sweden. The captain aimed the Azimut to dock between two million-dollar race boats participating in the race. It was quite dramatic.
The new technology, unofficially referred to as "Easy Docking", is not meant to replace an actual captain and therefore is not to be mistaken for a self-driving mechanism. It is, however, meant to help eliminate the largest obstacle many people find to boating: docking the vessel.
Volvo Penta's self-docking system contains a series of sensors and onboard computers which "react in milliseconds to changing wind and sea conditions, constantly making micro adjustments in power and steering angle [...] to keep the boat on its intended course”, according to Volvo Penta President Bjorn Ingemanson.
The self-docking system- aka "Easy Docking"- currently offers a Pause feature that enables the boat to stay in place if needed. Future developments to look forward to with this system are anti-collision features and retrofitting capabilities.