AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd. have entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation, and communication equipment for marine use. Volvo Penta expects the agreement to strengthen its position as a supplier of integrated propulsion systems, as electronic systems continue to gain ground in the marine sector. Volvo Penta is linking engines and transmissions with instruments, controls, and accessories in the electronic platform known as Electronic Vessel Control (EVC). Using EVC, the supplier has been able to deliver products such as the joystick and the Dynamic Positioning System. “Driving a boat should be easy. It should be enough simply to press the start button to power the entire system, in much the same way as a passenger car. The better we are at offering technology that simplifies boating, the greater our potential to attract new customer groups,” said Göran Gummeson, President of Volvo Penta. Joint products from the two companies will be introduced successively, starting in 2012.