Yamaha Motor Co is to start evaluation trials of its new integrated electric propulsion unit and steering control system as part of its plan to provide a smart package boat.
HARMO is a 'next-generation control system platform' consisting of a propulsion unit powered by an electric motor, a remote-control box and a joystick that enables more intuitive operation, said a Yamaha spokesperson. The company will conduct evaluation trials on boats equipped with the HARMO at the Hokkaido-based ‘artificial canal’, the Otaru Canal Cruise from August.
“The motor drive adopts a rim drive method, that realises highly efficient electric propulsion,” added the spokesperson.
"Strong thrust (propulsion force) can be generated at low speeds, meaning HARMO can minimise vibration and noise, enabling a more comfortable ride."
The boat can be manoeuvred with a simple operation of the joystick. The steering mechanism also incorporates a large steering angle and enables on the spot turning.
When using two HARMO units, a boat can be moved horizontally by tilting the joystick sideways to support difficult docking.