By Mark Romanack
|The MotorGuide Xi5 electric motor networks with Lowrance HDS sonar|
units in a process called Gateway. This technology allows anglers to
operate the electric motor using the touch screen
on the Lowrance unit.
New for 2016 both Jake and I are adding “Gateway” to our rigs. Gateway is a shared technology of MotorGuide and Lowrance Electronics that allows our Xi5 Auto-Pilot electric trolling motors to be controlled using the touch screen on our HDS generation three sonar/GPS units.
This technology effectively allows the sonar/GPS unit to communicate with the electric motor via standard NMEA cables. The advantage of this system is the boat can be controlled three ways, including the foot control, the Key Fob and now using a Lowrance generation two and three sonar units.