A Development Partnership Agreement was signed between the two companies in Miami last week

Raceix CEO Aidan Foley, Gianguido Girotti, director general of Beneteau, and Raceix COO Stuart Walker

Raceix CEO Aidan Foley, Gianguido Girotti, director general of Beneteau, and Raceix COO Stuart Walker

Group Beneteau signed a Development Partnership Agreement (DPA) with Irish marine technology company Raceix at the Miami International Boat Show last week.

Raceix, which also has a US base in Savannah, Georgia, is developing an innovative hardware and software suite designed to inform, encourage and support the activities, adventures and lifestyles of boaters, with a particular emphasis on those with motorboats of less than 8m (26ft) in length.

Their solution delivers a highly intuitive, contextually aware solution which uses a modern user experience (with augmented reality) to provide appropriate data to the boat user in a way which encourages and supports boat usage in a safe and informed manner.

This innovative approach has received enormous industry support internationally over the past year, says Raceix.

“For Beneteau, it represents an opportunity to further demonstrate their commitment to sourcing and nurturing developing new technologies which have the potential to offer practical assistance and support to existing boaters, while also encouraging new customers on to the water,” says the company in a statement.

The DPA will see Raceix use a Beneteau Antares 7 for testing the solution over the coming months, while also having access to market-understanding at the very highest level. It will also allow the incorporation of some additional features which Beneteau believes will further assist boaters.

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