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Hino SmartSafe: Shaping the Future of Truck Safety

Safety is always a huge consideration for fleet operators looking to invest in new vehicles. While there are many aspects you need to consider, safety should always be paramount. Hino has recently changed the way it incorporates safety features into the purchase of new trucks, thanks to Hino SmartSafe.

In this article, we’ll explore some of the features included in Hino’s SmartSafe package, and what they mean for the future of truck safety.

What is Hino SmartSafe?

Hino SmartSafe is a suite of safety features that Hino now includes as standard on truck models for sale in Australia. Many of these features are often included at an additional price, but Hino has made the decision that safety comes first. All new 300 Series, 500 Series and 700 Series trucks now include all of these features at no additional cost, affirming its commitment to safety for all truck operators and other road users.

There is plenty to love about Hino trucks already. You can find Hino parts easily, with Japanese truck parts available for all models. This makes servicing and repairs easy. Plus, Hino trucks are built to be tough and long-lasting without sacrificing power and performance. The addition of Hino SmartSafe as a standard offering on all new trucks only enhances the brand’s popularity.

Below are some of Hino SmartSafe’s impressive features.

Pre-collision system

Using a series of radars and sensors, Volvo’s pre-collision system (PCS) detects the possibility of colliding with another vehicle in front of you. If you don’t respond to the warning, the truck’s automated brakes can bring the vehicle to a stop safely.

Pedestrian detection

This safety feature forms part of the PCS but is more specifically targeted towards pedestrian detection. Again, using image sensors and radar, the PCS system can detect the possibility of a collision with pedestrians in front of you. The system delivers a warning to apply the brakes, and if no action is forthcoming, it will autonomously brake.

Lane departure warning system

Again, taking advantage of the PCS camera system, the lane departure warning system (LDWS) can alert the driver if the vehicle begins changing lanes without indicator use. This is often an indication of driver fatigue or inattention, which is an important safety feature for long-haul drivers. LWDS uses a series of visual and audio warnings for great effect.

Vehicle stability control

While most modern trucks come with a vehicle stability control (VSC) system, it isn’t always a standard feature like it is with Hino. This feature helps to stabilise the vehicle if the driver enters or exits a corner too fast. VSC is crucial in preventing rollovers or loss of control.

Reverse camera

Again, most trucks now have a reversing camera, so the technology isn’t particularly new. But Hino offers a camera with wide-view, high-definition and infrared night vision. A microphone with volume control also helps drivers listen to activity outside of the truck.

Daytime running lamps

The use of daytime running lamps should be encouraged to provide greater visibility of trucks to other road users. Hino includes daytime running lamps as a standard feature, programmed to activate whenever the headlamps aren’t on. They’re efficient and aesthetically pleasing, and they help to keep the road safe for all road users.

Most fleet operators know about the reliability and durability of Hino truck parts, but now the brand is also generating a reputation for heightened safety.

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