Evolution Autopilot

A New Level of Autopilot Control

Race, cruise or fish - Evolution will take command

No fuss, easy to install and robust - the Evolution autopilot combines Raymarine's autopilot expertise, FLIR Systems' R&D, and advanced aerospace guidance technology to create Evolution Ai control algorithms that deliver a new level of accurate autopilot control.

Evolution Group ACU-200 | Raymarine by FLIR

Key Features

  • Automagic™ - No lengthy calibration procedures to perform. No compass calibration required. Plug and play connections
  • Easy to install - Freedom from the restrictions of conventional heading sensors. EV sensor core can be installed above or below deck. Install upside-down or off the vessel's centre line.
  • Aerospace technology - 9-axis precision monitoring of pitch, roll, yaw and heading
  • Fuel efficient - Evolution autopilots steer so accurately they will save fuel and get you to your destination faster

Easily selectable performance modes

Race performance | Raymarine by FLIR

Race Performance

When only the best will do. Razor sharp course keeping. Fine-tuned for racers!

Cruising performance | Raymarine by FLIR

Cruising Performance

Superb course keeping and crisp turns in all conditions - the Raymarine skippers choice

Leisure performance | Raymarine by FLIR

Leisure Performance

For relaxed boating, when soaking up the sun is more attractive than precise course keeping


The EV Sensor Core

At the centre of every Evolution system is the intelligent EV sensor core, a 9-axis sensor that monitors vessel motion in all three dimensions. The innovative EV sensor core combines advanced solid-state sensors with the Evolution autopilot processor into a single easy-to-install housing.

Mount the EV sensor core above or below decks, the rugged enclosure is fully sealed and built to IPX6 and IPX7 waterproofing and submersion standards.

EV Sensor Core | Raymarine by FLIR
EV Sensor Core Top View | Raymarine by FLIR

EV Sensor Core Benefits

  • Precision monitoring of heading, pitch, roll, and yaw allowing the autopilot to evolve instantly as sea conditions and vessel dynamics change.
  • Flexible installation options. Mount above or below deck.
  • Simple SeaTalkng connectivity to the control head and ACU.
  • Solid state sensor technology delivers dynamic accuracy to within 2 degrees in all conditions. 
  • Auto-compensation for on board magnetic fields and reliable heading accuracy in the northern and southern extremes.
  • Fast and reliable heading data for MARPA, radar overlay, and heading modes on Raymarine multifunction displays. 

Autopilot Control Unit (ACU)

The rugged ACU (Actuator Control Unit) delivers reliable autopilot drive power and also provides power to the SeaTalkng bus. Choose the ACU that fits your steering type:

  Supported Drives
ACU-100 Wheel, tiller and 0.5 ltr Hydraulic
NEW: ACU-150 Type-1 Hydraulic Drive Unit
ACU-200 Type 1 Raymarine hydraulic, linear and rotary mechanical drives
ACU-300 For solenoid controlled steering systems and Raymarine constant running hydraulic pumps
ACU-400 Type 2 and 3 Raymarine hydraulic, linear, and rotary mechanical drives
ACU - Actuator Control Unit | Raymarine by FLIR
NEW ACU 150 - Actuator Control Unit | Raymarine by FLIR

NEW ACU 150

The Raymarine ACU-150 is a component of the Evolution™ Autopilot system and is designed to provide power and control to a Raymarine Type-1 Hydraulic Drive Unit (M81120.)

The ACU-150 connects to the SeaTalkng network for communication with its other peripherals. It also has connections for an optional Rudder Reference Unit (sold separately.) The ACU-150 works on 12-volt DC systems only.

To make a complete ACU-150 autopilot system you must also add the Type-1 Hydraulic Drive Unit (M81120), Evolution EV1 Sensor Core (E70096), Evolution Cable Kit (R70160) and either the p70s (E70328) or p70Rs (E70329) autopilot control head.

Learn more about the new ACU-150 System Pack


Your Evolution autopilot system

EV-1 Cockpit and Inboard Autopilots

EV-1 autopilots consist of a Control Head, EV-1 Sensor, Autopilot Control Unit (ACU) and drive unit. The drive unit (inboard mechanical/ hydraulic or cockpit mounted) and correct ACU for your vessel is dependent on the steering system and displacement of the vessel itself.

EV-1 Cockpit and Inboard Autopilots | Raymarine by FLIR

EV-2 for Drive-by-Wire Propulsion

EV-2 has been designed for the latest drive-by-wire steering systems and connects directly to Raymarine's SeaTalkng bus. EV-2 also has a dedicated CAN Bus port for direct connection to steer-by-wire steering systems - such as ZF Pod Drives, Yamaha Helm Master, Volvo IPS and SeaStar Solutions Optimus systems. A single CAN Bus connection to the EV-2 eliminates the need for an Autopilot Control Unit (ACU) further simplifying installation.

EV-2 Drive-by-Wire Propulsion | Raymarine by FLIR

Find out more in the ordering information section or contact your local Raymarine dealer for further assistance.


Introducing HydroBalance™ Technology

Hydro-Balance™ Technology is an all new, patent-pending software update that delivers superior autopilot performance on boats with hydraulic steering, and particularly on boats with rudder reference-less steering and outboard motors.

Hydro-Balance™ is now available and any existing Evolution™ autopilot system customers can download the new software, free of charge, from the software download area of the Raymarine website.

Find out more about HydroBalance™


Autopilot Control

p70 / p70R and the new p70s / p70Rs autopilot control heads

Complete your Evolution autopilot system with an autopilot control. The new p70s and p70Rs control heads feature vibrant colour displays and are powered by Raymarine’s intuitive LightHouse user interface.

LightHouse organises all options into simple menu structures and with Evolution’s quick setup process you will be up and running in minutes.

Designed for sailing yachts, the p70s offers simple 1 and 10 degree direct course change push buttons.

The p70Rs features a rotary dial control for power boaters. Use the rotary dial for menu and course changes or activate power steer mode and steer manually right from the p70Rs.

Autopilot control from Raymarine MFDs

Control your Evolution Autopilot directly from your Raymarine aSeries, cSeries, eSeries or gS Series multifunction display. Note that your multifunction display must be running Raymarine's LightHouse II software and that some autopilot functionality may not be available if your system does not include a dedicated autopilot control head.

Find out more about our autopilot control heads.

p70s and p70Rs Autopilot Control Heads | Raymarine by FLIR

Evolution Autopilot Specifications

EV1 and EV2 Sensor Core

EV1 and EV2 Sensor Core | Raymarine by FLIR
EV-1 & EV-2 SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions EV Sensor Core Dimensions | Raymarine by FLIR
Dimensions Diameter: 140 mm (5.5 in)
Depth (including mounting enclosure): 35 mm (1.4 in)
Depth (including wall bracket): 95 mm (3.8 in)
Nominal supply voltage 12 V (powered by SeaTalkng system)
Operating voltage range 10.8 V to 15.6 V dc
Power consumption
(taken from SeaTalkng system)
30 mA
SeaTalkng LEN
(Load Equivalency Number)
1
Sensors 3-axis digital accelerometer | 3-axis digital compass | 3-axis gyro digital angular rate sensor
Data connections SeaTalkng | NMEA 2000 DeviceNet (EV-2 only)
Installation environmental Operating temperature: -20ºC to +55ºC (-4ºF to +131ºF)
Storage temperature: -30ºC to +70ºC (-22ºF to +158ºF)
Relative humidity: max 93%
Waterproof rating: IPX 6
Weight 0.29 kg (0.64 lbs)
EMC compliance Europe: 2004/108/EC | Australia and New Zealand

ACU Specifications

Autopilot Control Unit | Raymarine by FLIR
ACU SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions ACU Specifications  | Raymarine by FLIR
ACU-100 ACU-150 ACU-200 ACU-300 ACU-400
Nominal power supply 12 V 12 V or 24 V
Operating voltage range 10.8 V to 15.6 V dc 10.8 V to 31.2 V dc
Drive current output Maximum continuous 7 A at supply voltage Maximum continuous 12 A at supply voltage Maximum continuous 15 A at supply voltage Maximum continuous 5 A at supply voltage Maximum continuous 30 A at supply voltage
Drive clutch output No clutch connection No clutch connection Up to 2.0 A continuous, selectable between 12/24 V No clutch connection Up to 4 A continuous at - 12 V on 12 V systems, 24 V on 24 V systems, 12 V on 24 V systems
Connections Rudder reference sensor, Power, Drive motor, Ground Rudder reference sensor, Power, Drive motor, Ground Rudder reference sensor, Sleep switch, Power, Drive motor, Drive clutch, Ground Rudder reference sensor, Sleep switch, Power, Solenoid drive out/ return, Ground Rudder reference sensor, Sleep switch, Power, Drive motor, Drive clutch, Ground, Digital Input/Output
Power consumption (standby) main power supply 300 mA (12 V) 300 mA (12/24 V)
Power consumption (standby) SeaTalkng power supply No power supply to SeaTalkng 20 mA (12 V)
SeaTalkng LEN (Load Equivalency Number) 1
SeaTalkng power out No power supply to SeaTalkng 3 A at 12 V (fuse protected at 3 A)
Data connections SeaTalkng
Installation environment Operating temperature: -20ºC to +55ºC (-4ºF to +131ºF) | Storage temperature: -30ºC to +70ºC (-22ºF to +158ºF) | Relative humidity: max 93%
Waterproof rating Connector panel - IPX2, Drive electronics - IPX6 Drip resistant
Weight 0.6 kg (1.32 lbs) 2.2kg (4.84 lbs)
Conformance Europe: 2004/108/EC | Australia and New Zealand: C-Tick, Compliance Level 2

Evolution Autopilot Ordering Information

Evolution Autopilots can be purchased as a system pack with a drive unit, a system pack without a drive unit or as individual components. If you are unsure what you require, speak with your local dealer who will be able to offer advice and suggest the best package for your vessel.

Evolution System Packs with Drives

EV-100 Tiller Pack | Raymarine

Picture above shows EV-100 Tiller Pilot pack.

Select a part number to learn more about what is included in each Evolution System Pack


Evolution System Packs (Drive unit not included)

Evolution System Packs without Drives | Raymarine

Select a part number to learn more about what is included in each system pack:

Part Number Description Designed for
T70155 EV-200 Sail:
Evolution Autopilot with p70 & ACU-200
Mid-size sailing vessels and Type 1 Drives
T70156 EV-200 Power:
Evolution Autopilot with p70R & ACU-200
Mid-size power vessels and Type 1 Drives
T70160 EV-300 Solenoid:
Evolution Solenoid Autopilot with p70R & ACU-300
Vessels with solenoid controlled steering
T70164 EV-DBW:
Evolution DBW Autopilot with p70R
Vessels with the latest generation of Drive By Wire steering systems
T70214 EV-DBW:
Evolution DBW Autopilot with p70R
Vessels with direct Volvo IPS / Aquamatic system connections
T70161 EV-400 Sail:
Evolution Autopilot with p70 & ACU-400
Large sailing vessels and Type 2 and Type 3 Drives
T70162 EV-400 Power:
Evolution Autopilot with p70R & ACU-400
Large power vessels and Type 2 and Type 3 Drives

Evolution Components

Part Number Description
Evolution Sensor Core
E70096 Evolution EV1 Sensor Core
E70097 Evolution EV2 Sensor Core
Actuator Control Units (ACU)
E70098 ACU-100 Actuator Control Unit
E70430 ACU-150 Actuator Control Unit
E70099 ACU-200 Actuator Control Unit
E70139 ACU-300 Actuator Control Unit
E70100 ACU-400 Actuator Control Unit
Autopilot Control Units (see related products for more information)
E22166 p70 Autopilot Control Head (Sail)
E22167 p70R Autopilot Control Head (Power)

Related Products

Selecting your Autopilot Drive Unit

Choosing the appropriate drive unit is usually the first step in selecting an autopilot for your vessel. The drive unit you will need will depend on the steering system and displacement of your vessel. The following drive units are all compatible with the Raymarine Evolution Autopilot:

Hydraulic Steering

Find out more about Hydraulic Steering Drive | Raymarine

Type 0.5, type 1, type 2, type 3 and constant running pumps for hydraulic steering systems 

Mechanical Linear

Find out more about Mechanical linear | Raymarine

Type 1, Type 2 Short and Type 2 Long - most commonly used in sailing vessels

Mechanical Rotary

Find out more about Mechanical Rotary Drives | Raymarine

Type 1 and Type 2 - for vessels that can be driven from the helm position through a chain and sprocket.

Universal Stern

Find out more about Universal Stern Drives | Raymarine

For use with inboard/ outboard vessels with power assisted steering

Hydraulic Linear

Find out more about Hydraulic Linear Drives | Raymarine

Type 2 and Type 3 - Designed for larger mechanically steered vessels over 20,000kg


Selecting your control head

The Evolution autopilot can be controlled from dedicated autopilot control heads or from compatible Raymarine multifunction displays. Note that some autopilot control functionality is not available from MFDs.

Dedicated Autopilot Control Heads

p70s

Find out more about the p70s Autopilot Control Head | Raymarine

Designed for sailing yachts, the new p70s offers simple 1 and 10 degree direct course changes at the touch of a button

p70Rs

Find out more about the p70Rs Autopilot Control Head | Raymarine

Features a rotary dial for power boaters.

Multifunction Displays with Autopilot control

Raymarine multifunction displays can be used to control a connected autopilot, engage the autopilot in Track mode or Auto mode, adjust the current locked heading when in Auto mode, disengage the autopilot, provide close integration with the Chart application, select different performance modes, adjust pilot settings and manage autopilot alarms. Note that in a system that does not include a dedicated pilot control head, the Data Master MFD cannot be switched Off or put into PowerSave mode whilst the autopilot is engaged.

aSeries

Find out more about the aSeries MFD | Raymarine

5.7" to 12" touchscreen network displays

cSeries

Find out more about the cSeries MFD | Raymarine

9" and 12.1" keypad controlled network displays

eSeries

Find out more about the eSeries MFD | Raymarine

7" to 15.4" Premium HybridTouch™ network displays

eS Series

Find out more about the eS Series MFD | Raymarine

The new face of high-performance navigation

gS Series

Find out more about the gS Series | Raymarine

9" to 19" Glass Bridge touchscreen network displays


Autopilot Accessories

Smartcontroller

Find out more about Smartcontroller | Raymarine

Take full, onboard control of your Evolution autopilot

Evolution Autopilot User Manuals & Documents


Software for your Evolution Autopilot

For best performance we recommend that all components of your Evolution Autopilot system are running the latest software. To ensure you have all the latest features you should also ensure that your connected Multifunction Display is updated to the latest software. Find out more here.

Evolution Autopilot Images & Media