Volvo Penta’s new Joystick Driving has been awarded an IBEX Innovation Award in the Propulsion Parts, Propellers category.
The product’s technology integrates shift, steering and throttle into a single joystick control, for smoother manoeuvres using just one hand for easier operations, more precise control, and a premium experience.
The Joystick Driving product won its award for showing clear leadership in its category, including an ability to advance the marine industry through better user experience, and enabling boaters to build a stronger connection with the environment around them.
“Joystick control has been around, but primarily used for docking, and Volvo Penta has taken to new heights with the innovative ability to drive the boat without touching the steering wheel,” said IBEX award judge, Steve Davis, from Boating Writers International.
Universally positive feedback
“The system integrates shifting, steering, and throttle and easily installs into the driver’s armrest for ergonomic driving and comfort.”
Anders Thorin, marine electronics product planner at Volvo Penta, added: “Since its launch earlier in the year, Joystick Driving has received universally positive feedback and we are extremely honoured to win an IBEX award for one of our hero innovations. This recognition symbolises the market’s appreciation for our continuous focus on ease.”
Volvo Penta Joystick Driving can be used in all sizes and kinds of vessels, including commercial ships.
The solution can be installed on the armrest of the driver’s seat, ensuring an ergonomic driving posture. The joystick is pushed forward to engage a gear, speed up or slow down, and released to remain at a certain speed.
The IBEX Innovation Awards are managed by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and judged by Boating Writers International (BWI). The awards recognise manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market in 15 different categories.