These vehicles stand out because of their safety measures. They pride themselves for offering their clients one of the most complete active safety packages that have ever been provided in this country by a Japanese manufacturer, at least this is the case in the duty truck category.
This series comes loaded with a host of protective measures that will ensure its users get the best possible security features to keep them and their load safe.
The 500 series promises to provide drivers with the first-ever truck in this country that has a pre-collision system. Included in the package is safety eye, which essentially gives your eyes all around your automobile, insuring you do not hit any object from any direction. The auto emergency braking which can detect obstacles and warn drivers or make the vehicle brake on its own.
The pedestrian detection, commonly known as PD, is yet another protection mechanism that is provided. It is highly effective and will assist users in avoiding hitting pedestrians.
Apart from these, the vehicles also have anti-lock braking systems which work by ensuring that your vehicle’s wheels do not lock during emergency braking, which is the leading cause of many fatal accidents. Your car will have contact with the surface and come to a safe halt instead of skidding and rolling.
In regards to pre-collision safety, a lot of effort has been put in place with a blend of radar and cameras which can detect possible collisions with any object be it a pedestrian or another vehicle.
This system works by continuously scanning the road ahead of the vehicle, signalling the driver in case of any looming danger either visually or via sound. This system is made with drivers in mind knowing all too well that in certain instances, they get distracted or have a poor judgment which is one of the biggest causes of accidents. With this system, such accidents will be minimized.
Hitting other vehicles on the rear will also be a thing of the past as the system can detect and calculate the distance between your car and others stopping any possible collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control & Lane Departure Warning System
This is essentially cruise control taken on another level. This also makes use of safety eye to scan ahead of the vehicle for possible dangers. Its smart technology adapts the speeds of the car ahead and engages the braking system as well as the engine to ensure that your truck’s speed and that of the vehicle ahead are in tandem. This feature is most ideal on one-lane roads.
Through the Lane departure system, drivers are warned via audio and visually in case they move from one lane to another without indicating so.
Vehicle Stability Control
This system works with both the braking and engine systems to ensure that the van remains stable, especially when turning on curves. Often when one enters such corners fast, the vehicle is likely to roll, however using this method, the truck will remain stable.
It also maintains the stability of your truck on slippery roads by reducing the engine’s power and applying the brakes to every wheel to maintain balance and avoid skidding.
The high definition camera has night vision capabilities allowing you to use it in darkness. Combined with the truck’s mirrors, the driver will have a 360 view of his surrounding, giving the driver an edge, especially when manoeuvring in crowded streets.
These safety features plus others that have not been tackled in this article make the Hino 500 Standard Cab series one of the safest trucks on our roads.