Fuso Brings AEB To Light Trucks in Australia

SYDNEY, Australia.–Light-truck maker Fuso here has begun equipping its trucks with Advanced Emergency Braking (AEB) into its Canter product range.

A collision aversion system relying on radar monitoring, AEB, is also being introduced as standard equipment across the Canter 4×2 range beginning this week Fuso announced today.

Available on a select range of best-selling utes in the local market, AEB is anticipated to be a welcome initiative in the light duty truck category, the highest volume class in Australia.

According to Fuso, no other light truck manufacturer currently offers AEB locally.

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 4×4.

Canter standard safety features include dual airbags and a reversing camera.

Most cabs are ECE-R29 certified.

Just as the Lane Departure Warning system mitigates 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, AEB depends upon radar detection to counter imminent collision, with the system initially sounding a warning before initiating 50 per cent braking force if there is no input from the driver.

According to Fuso, it will then initiate 100 per cent braking force, should it be required.

A driver override of the system can be implemented through the accelerator.

The Fuso system can even initiate a warning and partial braking when it detects moving pedestrians.

Fuso Truck and Bus Director, Justin Whitford, said AEB technology, which can detect pedestrians and other vehicles, was importance for small trucks as most operate in busy urban environments.

“We didn’t want to make this an option that costs extra, we wanted as many people to benefit from this technology as possible,” he said.

The upgraded Canter will make its first public appearance at The Brisbane Truck Show on May 16 to 19.

Fuso will also offer AEB, among other safety features, with a new-generation heavy duty model that is due to be introduced later this year.

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