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Garmin announces the new Surround View Camera System

by Garmin 8 Sep 07:00 PDT

Garmin® International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ:GRMN), the world's largest1 and most innovative marine electronics manufacturer, have announced the Garmin Surround View Camera System, a breakthrough in video guidance for recreational boating and yachting.

Utilising six through-hull mounted cameras that act like multiple sets of eyes, Surround View provides a live 360-degree bird's-eye view around the vessel to help captains quickly view their vessel's perimeter during low-speed maneuvers, such as docking, from the helm.

See it in action here

"Our innovative Surround View brings the comforts and conveniences our customers rely on in their vehicles to the helm of their yacht to help captains see as much of their environment as possible for easier maneuvering on the water," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. "Until now, no other marine camera technology has offered a true 360-degree bird's-eye view, a vantage point that can help reduce the stress of docking and navigating marinas, narrow causeways and busy channels by giving captains a live look at their surroundings."

Maximised visibility at the helm

The technology uses six 1080p cameras located around the vessel: a forward-looking camera at the bow, a rear-looking camera on the aft, and two side-looking cameras on both the port and starboard sides. When the system is engaged, it displays a full overhead stitched image with 360-degree real-time video views from around the vessel directly to compatible Garmin chartplotters or multi-function (MFD) helm displays. Designed to maximise visibility and minimise blind spots, captains can view one or two cameras simultaneously with the bird's-eye image, and even zoom in and pan around on an area of interest from any of the individual camera views.

Additionally, the Surround View Camera System provides a number of augmented reality features for increased situational awareness and collision avoidance, including:

  • Visual Bumper - provides a visual indicator at a user-configurable distance around the vessel that shows the captain when any non-water objects such as docks or piers breach the barrier
  • Distance Markers - offers visual cues around the vessel to the captain to aid in distance determinations while navigating in close quarters, similar to automotive backup camera systems

Seamless integration and streamlined aesthetics

Designed for a broad range of boats, the Surround View cameras have a low-profile for OEM factory-installed through-hull mounting that blends functionality with streamlined aesthetics. A compatible Garmin chartplotter or MFD, including the GPSMAP® 8400/8600, the GPSMAP 7x3/9x3/12x3 series or the Volvo Penta Glass Cockpit System, is required.

The Garmin Surround View Camera System will be demonstrated at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Sept. 7-12, 2021 at the Garmin stand, PAN 341, and again at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Oct. 27-31, 2021. It's available now on new builds from Garmin's boat building partners.

Engineered on the inside for life on the outside, Garmin products have revolutionized life for anglers, sailors, mariners and boat enthusiasts everywhere. Committed to developing the most sophisticated marine electronics the industry has ever known, Garmin believes every day is an opportunity to innovate and a chance to beat yesterday. For the sixth consecutive year, Garmin was recently named the Manufacturer of the Year by the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Other Garmin marine brands include Navionics® and Fusion®.

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