Fuso is leading the way when it comes to safety with the introduction of Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) to the Australian light truck segment.
Fuso began including this potentially life-saving safety technology as standard on select Fuso Canter models released in May this year, setting a new safety benchmark.
AEB is being introduced as standard across the Canter 42 range throughout this year. The light truck segment is the highest volume class in the Australian truck market according to Truck Industry Council data.
As part of the safety upgrade AEB, Lane Departure Warning and Electronic Stability Control will be standard on all Canter models, except for the off-road FG 44.
Other standard safety features for Canter include dual airbags and a reversing camera, while most cabs are ECE-R29 certified.
AEB helps to avoid or mitigate collisions with other vehicles by using a radar to monitor the road ahead.
When the radar detects an imminent collision, the system initially sounds a warning before initiating 50 per cent braking force if there is no input from the driver.
If required, it will then initiate 100 per cent braking force. The driver can override the system by pressing the accelerator.
The Fuso system can even initiate a warning and partial braking when it detects moving pedestrians.
The Lane-Departure Warning system reduces the risk of accidents by using a camera behind the windscreen which can detect lane markings and trigger an alert if the truck crosses them without the indicator engaged.
Fuso Truck and Bus director, Justin Whitford, said the company is excited to introduce the new safety technology.
"Most small trucks work in the urban environment, so technology which can detect vehicles and pedestrians, is of utmost importance in this segment," Mr Whitford said.
"We didn't want to make this an option that costs extra, we wanted as many people to benefit from this technology as possible."
The Fuso Canter line-up ranges from a 3510kg Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) entry-level model that can be driven on a car-licence, through to an 8550kg GVM model. Customers can take advantage of a Built Ready program that offers ready to work trucks with everything from trays to fridge bodies and tippers that cater for a wide range of workers.
As well as the new safety features Fuso has also added a manufacturer warranty covering the truck for up five years or 200,000 kilometers, whichever comes first, making ownership even more appealing.
Explore the range of Fuso Trucks at Hartwigs Trucks in Wagga or any of the Hartwigs Branches at Shepparton, Albury, Dubbo, Griffith and Queanbeyan.