Hino Australia recently launched its new 500 Series Standard Cab lineup, and each vehicle comes with a suite of safety features that Hino says is “the most comprehensive active safety package ever offered by a Japanese manufacturer in the Australian medium-duty truck market.” The package consists of vehicle stability control (VSC), Hino’s Pre-Collision System (PCS), adaptive cruise control, a lane departure warning system, and an anti-lock braking system (ABS). Other safety features include a reverse camera, driver-side SRS airbag, LED lamps, United Nations Economic Commissions For Europe (UNECE) R29-rated cab strength, and Front Underrun Protection (FUP) that stands up to Australian Design Rule (ADR) 84/00 standards.
Vehicle Stability Control
VSC is a particularly important technology for Hino because the company is “the first Japanese truck manufacturer to offer VSC as standard equipment on every model from the 300 Series car licence through to the 500 Series 6x4 350-horsepower FM models.” This complex system takes several factors in account, including steering angle and wheel rotation speed, to help stabilise the truck both when going around a curve or traveling over slick stretches of road. VSC can then autonomously reduce engine power or engage the individual brakes on each wheel to prevent the truck from tipping over or sliding toward danger.
Hino’s Pre-Collision System uses Safety Eye (SE), Pedestrian Detection (PD), and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) technologies to constantly scan the road in front of the truck and notify the driver of danger via the Multi-Information display. If a situation calls for drastic measures, the system can automatically apply the brakes to prevent a potential collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control
This feature takes advantage of the Safety Eye’s scanning capabilities to adjust the truck’s speed automatically in relation to the vehicle ahead of it. If that vehicle slows down, Hino says the system can then “reduce engine acceleration and even engage the engine brake” to match speeds and maintain a safe distance between the two vehicles.
Lane Departure Warning
If your trucks starts to wander off its path without you engaging your turn indicator, then the Lane Departure Warning system kicks in. It sends visual alerts to the Multi-Information display and audio alerts through the truck’s speakers so the operator can react and respond accordingly.