Tulsa, Okla. – Lowrance, a world-leading brand in fishing electronics since 1957, announced today that in partnership with Mercury, the full line of Lowrance HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch multifunction displays will soon receive a new software upgrade that adds powerful functionality with the recently introduced Mercury VesselView Link module, providing boaters with fully integrated Mercury engine data combined with their chartplotter, sounder or radar display.
Through the VesselView Link interface module, which conveniently connects between Mercury SmartCraft® engines and compatible Lowrance HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch displays, anglers can experience a touch-friendly interface that offers quick access to data like RPM, speed, fuel remaining, battery voltage and trimtabs – all displayed on an easy-to-use interface. The VesselView Link control bar also provides quick access to Mercury smart modes including: Eco, Smart Tow®, Troll Control and Cruise Control, and a quick access bar displays clear warnings and alerts such as fault notification identifying the affected engine on multi-engine boats, descriptive fault text, and maintenance reminders. To maximize the combination of engine data with sounder, chartplotter or radar displays, users can also enable split-screen functionality with automatic panel adjustment for an optimal, hassle-free view.
“As the fully integrated ‘connected boats’ becomes more of a reality, developing strong ties with engine and boat manufacturers is vital for continued success,” said Leif Ottosson, Navico CEO. “Working together with Mercury, we are able to offer anglers a simplified approach to data management. Now information from radar, sonar, gauges, engine controls, and more, can all be viewed on one screen, minimizing distractions for captains and simplifying the boating experience.”
In addition, Mercury has also announced a new line-up of 5- and 7-inch VesselView® gauges – the VesselView 502 and VesselView 702 – that will complement the VesselView Link integration with Lowrance HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch displays and provide redundancy for added safety and enjoyment on the water.
VesselView Link, which features single- and multiple-engine models with support for up to four SmartCraft engines, will be available in June 2016 from authorized Mercury dealers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on VesselView Link connectivity with Lowrance HDS Gen3 and HDS Gen2 Touch displays, including the required software update also scheduled for June 2016, please visit www.lowrance.com.