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Hino Australia manufactures world-first multimedia system for trucks

OEM vehicle manufacturer Hino Australia has become the first truck manufacturer in the world to include a digital audio broadcast (DAB+) multimedia unit as standard equipment across its range of trucks.

Designed and engineered in Australia, Hino’s multimedia unit features a large 6.1-inch high-definition touch-screen, DAB+ digital and conventional AM/FM radio receivers, CD and DVD player, USB and SD input, and is Bluetooth enabled.

Hino said that all its 300, 500 and 700 Series trucks manufactured from September 2011 onward will feature the multimedia unit as factory-fitted standard equipment.

Hino Australia product planning manager Daniel Petrovski said the unit was designed and engineered to suit local industry and operators needs.

"A truck’s cabin is the primary office for many of our customers, so we began looking for ways to improve the efficiency and safety of their working day,” he said.

Changing how truck drivers navigate

The all-new Hino multimedia unit has both SD card and USB slots to enable full compatibility with the latest MP3, iPod and digital devices, and has both front and rear auxiliary inputs.

Up to three Hino rear-vision cameras can be installed and viewed on the screen in a variety of configurations, including viewing all three simultaneously in a split-screen arrangement.

The system provides access to both AM/FM radio and the new DAB+ digital radio network being rolled out in major centres around Australia. This arrangement provides the highest sound quality with consistent signal in all but the most remote locations.

According to Petrovski, the optional truck-specific satellite navigation system will change the way Australian truck drivers navigate.

"The unique Hino navigation system can be tailored to suit each individual truck or load, with the driver being able to input critical data like the truck’s height, weight and dangerous goods classification," he said.

"The navigation system then calculates a route that’s appropriate, avoiding low bridges, weight-restricted roads and dangerous goods-restricted areas, directing the driver in one of 17 different languages.

"This unit provides drivers with the best available sound quality, driver safety and navigational ability – reinforcing Hino’s commitment to our Australian customers.”

The new multimedia system is covered by Hino’s three-year, bumper-to-bumper nationwide warranty.

Hino multimedia unit key features

  • 6.1-inch high-definition colour TFT touch-screen
  • Large push buttons and rotary knobs for easy operation
  • MP3 compatible CD/DVD player
  • Bluetooth™ version 2.0 phone and audio streaming (with voice and one-touch dialling)
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • AM/FM radio (12 AM and 18 FM preset stations)
  • Optional satellite navigation package with 2D or 3D city modelling
  • Latest NAVTEQ mapping (with more than 600,000 points of interest and 12.5 million addresses)
  • Truck-tailored navigation – including warnings (school zones, traffic cameras, speed alerts)
  • Up to three rear-view cameras (optional)
  • MP3, WAV, MPEG4, AVI and DIVX compatibility
  • Front and rear auxiliary inputs
  • SD and USB connection ports
  • Full iPod compatibility
  • 800mhz processor
  • 512Mb hard-drive memory
  • 4 x 40 watt speaker outputs

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