Garmin® and Volvo Penta Continue Strategic Relationship, Update Glass Cockpit System with New GPSMAP® 8600 All-in-One MFDs
Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN) in conjunction with Volvo Penta, today announced that the powerful new Garmin GPSMAP 8600 all-in-one marine multi-function display (MFD) series will be the premier integrated solution for Volvo Penta engines and steering systems. Available in 17-, 22-, and 24-inch displays, these large-format MFDs with touch control provide a sleek glass helm look and offer the highest screen resolution available in the market today. The all-in-one compact design eliminates the need for black boxes, monitors, and external Wi-Fi antennas. Coupled with the most pivotal handling from Volvo Penta, this updated Glass Cockpit System is the ultimate solution for Volvo Penta propulsion systems and equipped vessels.
The GPSMAP 8600 series and the expanded strategic relationship between Garmin and Volvo Penta is being announced in conjunction with the Miami International Boat Show. The new systems will be on display at the Garmin booth #C480, and at the Volvo Penta booth #F272
“For more than five years, Garmin and Volvo Penta have worked together to provide our customers the most innovative, useful and reliable solutions, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition with the introduction of these new systems,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System has always been a superior solution, and now users can benefit from improved processors, increased performance, enhanced video processing, and the fastest map drawing offered in a Garmin MFD.”
“Volvo Penta has a long history of bringing innovation to the marine industry and our collaboration with Garmin is yet another way that we are able to deliver,” said Stefan Carlsson, head of Volvo Penta’s marine diesel segment. “As a fully integrated system that connects both data and functionality throughout the boat, Glass Cockpit has been developed with easy boating in mind. The system enables users to monitor and control information in one place through a single, easy-to-use interface. Now, thanks to this latest collaboration, the Glass Cockpit system is available in a wider range of sizes, making the technology more accessible for all Volvo Penta customers from owners of small sport cruisers to large yachts.”
The Volvo Glass Cockpit System with Garmin GPSMAP 8600 MFDs features an anti-glare IPS LCD display with full HD resolution that provides consistent, accurate colors that can be seen from all viewing angles, an industry first for this class. The maximum glass design can be flush or flat-mounted, and enables edge-to-edge installation of multiple displays. It incorporates a Volvo Penta user interface to Engine Vessel Control (EVC), Volvo Penta’s unique electronic platform.
With EVC, easy boating options such as autopilot, interceptors, power trim 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 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.
With new One Touch presets for sonar, charts, radar, cameras, media, and digital switching, the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System with GPSMAP 8600 MFDs provides a more intuitive user interface that can be independent or incorporated into SmartMode™ station controls. Users can configure and customize their entire system for activities ranging from docking, cruising, fishing, and anchoring with just one touch.
The Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System will also be available with the popular Garmin GPSMAP 7600 series that features multi-touch widescreen displays in 7, 10, 12 and 16 inches. The GPSMAP 7600 series is built for mariners who demand high performance, ease of operation and feature integration. They’re fully network capable and feature a high-sensitivity internal GPS and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity.
Expected to be available later this year, 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. For more information, visit garmin.com/marine and volvopenta.com.
Recently, Garmin was named Manufacturer of the Year and received the honor of being the most recognized company in the marine electronics field by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Garmin’s portfolio includes some of the industry’s most sophisticated chartplotters and touchscreen multifunction displays, sonar technology, high-definition radar, autopilots, high-resolution charts, sailing instrumentation, and other products and services that are known for innovation, reliability, and ease-of-use.
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