VSC standard on new Hino 500

Hino's new 500 Standard Cab range will come with vehicle stability control when released in November

VSC standard on new Hino 500
A Hino 500 Series Wide Cab demonstrates the vehicle stability control system



Hino will fit vehicle stability control (VSC) systems as standard on the new 500 Series Standard Cab medium duty trucks, scheduled to be released in late November this year.

While the company will only confirm the full Australian specifications and pricing of its 500 Series Standard Cabs FC, FD and FE models when the vehicles are launched later this year, Hino Australia manager of product strategy Daniel Petrovski says adding the system to the 500 series was a simple decision.

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Working in conjunction with the ABS and ASR systems, the VSC helps prevent the truck potentially skidding out of control by monitoring wheel rotation speed, steering angle, yaw rate, lateral G forces and braking.

Thus, the VSC is able to enhance vehicle stability on slippery surfaces or in emergency situations by autonomously reducing engine power and applying the brakes to individual wheels, helping to prevent the truck from sliding in a direction contrary to where the driver is steering.

Petrovski says these are just the start – with the safety package also to include other features seen on the 500 Series Wide Cab, such as UN ECE R29-rated cab strength, a driver SRS airbag, ADR84/00 front underrun protection (FUP) and Easy Start.

"These street smart new standard cab models will offer safety features never before seen in Australia from a Japanese manufacturer," he says.

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