Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, in conjunction with AB Volvo Penta, today announced the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, the premiere integrated and multi-function solution for Volvo Penta engines and steering systems. With Garmin’s reliable and user-friendly interface coupled with the most pivotal handling and safety information from Volvo Penta, the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System is the ultimate solution for Volvo Penta propulsion systems and equipped vessels.
“Garmin and Volvo Penta boast a rich history of providing innovative, useful and reliable products to the market and this is certainly apparent with the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System,” said Dan Bartel, vice president of worldwide sales. “This series provides the user-friendliness and reliability from Garmin and the easy handling and safety features from Volvo Penta to present a fully integrated system for our customers, ultimately making for a more enjoyable boating experience.”
“Volvo Penta is proud to introduce the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, a revolution in driver environment design, in alliance with Garmin,” said Stefan Carlsson, President, European region of Volvo Penta. “The advanced integrated features facilitate easy, safe and comfortable boating for drivers”.
Offered in an 8-inch, 12-inch and 15-inch multi-function display or a 15-inch, 17-inch and 19-inch monitor with accompanying black box processor, a Remote Input Device and SD Card Reader, the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System is versatile for installation in any boat type or location. The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System is built with the all glass, flat-mounted design of the current GPSMAP® 8000 Glass Helm Series offered by Garmin to boaters worldwide and incorporates a Volvo Penta user interface to Engine Vessel Control (EVC), Volvo Penta’s unique electronic platform. This is an extension of the Garmin GPSMAP 8000 Series that provides advanced navigational features and caters to all engines worldwide via standard NMEA 2000® and NMEA 0183 communication interfaces.
With EVC, options such as Autopilot, Interceptors, Powertrim Assist and Dynamic Positioning are integrated into the display, and can be controlled and monitored from the display or via Volvo Penta controls for seamless operation. Autopilot is built into the display and can be operated through the display or the Joystick controller. With fully functional and customizable options, the user can decide what diagnostic information is most important to display and gain access to it immediately. Having an all-in-one integrated system from Garmin and Volvo Penta gives boat builders, dealers and end users a turnkey solution making the boating experience easier, more convenient and enjoyable.
The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System will be exclusively sold through the Volvo Penta distribution network, while compatible radar, sonar and additional marine network accessories can be purchased from any Garmin retailer. The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System will be available in the fourth quarter of 2013. For more information about the Volvo Pent Glass Cockpit System, visit www.volvopenta.com.
Garmin’s marine business segment is a leading provider of navigation and communication equipment to retail and OEM customers. Garmin’s portfolio includes the industry’s most sophisticated array of chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar, high-definition radar, autopilot offerings and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
By Joyce Hsu