At the same time as telematics systems are getting better, so are individual components on a truck, but the truck systems are now becoming powerful enough to stand on their own as a trucking operator’s telematics system, making smart trucks, for smart trucking possible.
In recent years Hino Australia has been upgrading its truck range and that renewal now includes Hino-Connect, which is becoming ever more sophisticated. This is another aspect of the process of convergence in electronic architecture, which the trucking industry has been undergoing in recent times.
The latest version of Hino-Connect, was released this year as part of the 700 Series package. This new iteration offers customers the next generation of business telematics with real-time performance data tracking, remote diagnosis of vehicle faults 24/7 and dedicated Hino-Connect specialist support.
This new system will be available as standard fitment on the all-new Hino 700 Series. The Hino-Connect is an Australian-built and designed system that communicates directly with the driver via the truck’s Multimedia unit, and delivers comprehensive levels of data to business managers through an online portal and app.
‘’More than just a mapping or tracking tool, Hino-Connect delivers 700 Series customers real-time insights into the operation of their fleets,” says Gus Belanszky, General Manager, Service and Customer Support for Hino Australia. “In an Australian-first, Hino-Connect will allow direct communications with drivers through the intelligent multimedia unit.
“This is the next iteration of the intelligent Multimedia unit that is standard on all Hino trucks – while Hino-Connect is currently only available on all-new 700 Series, this is an exciting indication of what the future holds for Hino customers.”
Business intelligence in real-time
Using real-time data and insights, Hino-Connect will automatically analyse the cause and effect of driver performance, safety and vehicle utilisation using simple dashboards in the portal.
Hino-Connect also gathers live vehicle performance data to provide full operational visibility to business managers including brake count, gear change numbers and even the amount of times a vehicle is operating within its optimum rpm band.
Hino-Connect uses Driver Score Reporting to monitor key indicators like harsh braking or acceleration, over revving or speeding to identify poor performance that can then be addressed through coaching to enhance driving techniques.
“Business managers can also track current fuel usage of individual trucks, and use the forecasting tool to estimate future fuel costs,” said Gus.
Live GPS tracking and detailed trip reports allow fleets to update their customers with accurate delivery times while also identifying inefficient routes.
For increased fleet security, there are useful tools such as ‘movement without ignition’ alerts while geo-fencing ensures operators will be notified if a vehicle leaves a designated area. Automated email notifications provide full visibility of the Active Safety System with Pre-Collision System alerts to provide another level of fleet safety.
Hino-Connect monitors data from the PCS, the pre-crash emergency alert, and looks at its activation. When it reaches the last resort emergency activation, that event will be flagged back at base on the operator’s portal into Hino-Connect, as part of the driver’s score card.
Hino-Connect also proactively monitors maintenance reminders so customers can schedule ahead and minimise downtime.
Depending on the way the system rolls out in the Hino 700, Hino will examine the feasibility of making the system standard in the smaller 500 and 300 Series models.The new unit represents a step-change in the technology available.