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Yamaha Motor Starts Evaluation Trials on Next-Generation Control System HARMO

Yamaha Motor will start evaluation trials of its new integrated electric propulsion unit and steering control system HARMO at Hokkaido based Otaru Canal Cruise from August 7. 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. The steering mechanism with its large steering angle enables on the spot turning, providing a greater sense of enjoyment and unity with the boat.

Yamaha is aiming to provide a smart package boat that gives passengers more comfort due to the quietness unique to electric based motors. To this end, Yamaha will conduct evaluation trials on boats equipped with the HARMO at the Otaru Canal Cruise.

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Development of Yamaha’s next-generation control systems has taken place with the European markets in mind, where there is a high environmental awareness. With Harmo one can easily maneuver the boat with simple operation of the joystick. When using two units, you can move the boat horizontally by simply tilting the joystick sideways to support difficult berthing and/or docking.

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The Otaru Canal is an “artificial canal” that is extremely rare in Japan. This area proves extremely popular in the center of Otaru as one of Hokkaido’s leading tourist cities. Unlike conventional canals made by digging inland, this coastline was reclaimed and completed in 1926. Otaru Canal Cruise has been implementing initiatives for a more recycling-oriented society such as using eco-friendly biodiesel etc. It hopes to help accelerate greater harmony with the environment through the HARMO trials going forward.