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New Hino multimedia system offers personalised operator experience

Following the recent Australian launch of its new 500 Series Standard Cab range, Hino Australia has confirmed an all-new smart multimedia system.

The system, which includes a reversing camera, is being viewed as a building block for the future by the commercial vehicle manufacturer – and can be added to or customised by the customer.

First introduced in the new Hino 500 Series Standard Cab, the smart multimedia system is an Android-based capacitive multi-touch digital device featuring a 6.5-inch screen mounted in the central dashboard within easy reach of the driver.

According to Hino, the innovative system introduces an unprecedented level of vehicle connectivity and entertainment functionality, together with the safety-enhancing reversing camera, and can also include vehicle operational information and driver information.

Optionally available is an integrated truck-specific global positioning system (GPS) that delivers truck routing information based on the vehicle’s configuration, lane use restrictions and real-time traffic information.

Another available feature is a curated Hino application store, which allows the creation of customised apps for the driver and/or fleet, depending on individual or company needs.

"The potential is endless for customers to develop and use apps that save them time and money, while maximising the safety of their drivers and fleet,” said Daniel Petrovski, Hino Australia’s Manager of Product Strategy.

“For Hino, the smart multimedia system is a platform for customers to remain connected with their business while on the road through a bespoke collection of apps,” he said.

“The world we live in is a connected one, and the smart multimedia system enables that.”

Along with its standard reversing camera, the multimedia system has AM/FM DAB+ digital radio and Wi-Fi connectivity and the latest version of Bluetooth tethering enables enhanced telephone call handling, profile pictures and improved speech to text functionality.

Safety can be further enhanced by the optional dual-channel digital video camera recorder (DVR) feature, and a four-way camera display with lane change assist and tyre pressure monitoring functions.

The new multimedia system DVR offers the driver the ability to seamlessly view and upload recorded footage, incorporating a lockable SD card which prevents tampering.

The new four-way camera display is automatically triggered by activation of either the left or right indicators, hazards or reverse gear.

With the multimedia system’s optional GPS navigational system, the vehicle’s length, width, mass and height dimensions are taken into account in deciding the vehicle specific route. This option also includes three years of quarterly over-the-air map updates, which Hino claims is another first for the Australian truck industry.

To enable drivers to further personalise their vehicles, the Hino multimedia app store offers a curated library of downloadable apps ranging from weather information and closest petrol station or parking to info and entertainment, such as audio books and digital music.

“In the future, it will include bespoke dispatching apps, which will further simplify vehicle operations for the fleet manager and driver, enhancing productivity and efficiency for Hino customers,” added Petrovski.

“The all-new smart multimedia is complemented by Hino Traq telematics which provides real-time tracking and vehicle operational information such as operating time, fuel usage, driver safety and whole-of-fleet monitoring, accessible through the Hino Traq on-line portal.”

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