Yamaha Motor has filed a patent for a boat maneuvering system that includes an operating unit with an operator and a controller to control propulsion force. The system shifts to a hold control state when a hold start operation is performed and allows for changing the direction of the propulsion force during steering. GlobalData’s report on Yamaha Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Yamaha Motor, Battery EV scooters was a key innovation area identified from patents. Yamaha Motor's grant share as of January 2024 was 39%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Boat maneuvering system with control of propulsion force and direction

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Yamaha Motor Co Ltd

A boat maneuvering system has been patented, comprising an operating unit with an operator and a controller that controls the magnitude and direction of the propulsion force generated by a boat's propulsion device in response to the operator's actions. The system includes features such as shifting to different boat maneuvering states based on specific operations performed by the operator, such as hold start, steering, acceleration, deceleration, and automatic boat maneuvering start operations. The controller is programmed to adjust the control index, change the direction of the propulsion force, and perform pattern control based on the operator's actions to enhance boat maneuvering capabilities.

Furthermore, the patented system includes a unique operator interface in the form of a joystick that enables tilting and twisting operations for precise control over the boat's movement. The system allows for seamless transitions between different maneuvering states based on the operator's inputs, ensuring efficient and effective control over the boat's propulsion force. Additionally, the system can be integrated into a boat, enhancing its maneuverability and control capabilities, making it a valuable addition for boat operators looking to improve their maneuvering experience on the water.

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