NEWS RELEASE

August 25, 2008

Hino Motors launches its first telematics product, "Hino Compass"

Today, Hino Motors, Ltd. (Tokyo, hereinafter referred to Hino) launched its “Hino Compass” telematics1 product for heavy, medium, and light-duty trucks.

Hino Compass allows real-time bidirectional communications, and the system supports advanced operation. The system was newly developed for the Japanese market in cooperation with SYSTEC CO., LTD. (Kagoshima Prefecture)2, and JHR Network Service Inc. (Tokyo)3.

Recently, against the backdrop of evolving IT technology, customer expectations regarding operation control system have been rapidly growing. In particular, the need for offices to have real-time information on operating conditions and for bidirectional communications between offices and vehicles has increased. To this end, Hino has worked hard to develop this telematics product, and it is our pleasure to launch Hino Compass today.

Adopting a dynamic location tracking system that uses the cellular phone communication network, the Hino Compass is a new telematics system with multiple functions. These include bidirectional communication between offices and vehicles that consolidates information about the current vehicle position and operation with information about the road service via a call center. Using these functions, customers can visually check real-time information on the driving conditions, operation, and vehicle any time they need for operational control. The system could be installed on heavy, medium, and light-duty trucks of any manufacturer in Japan.

In addition, showing thoughtful consideration for driver convenience, usability, and visibility, the Hino Compass is the first system of its category to feature a 7-inch touch panel display4. The system automatically generates a daily driving report, thus significantly reducing the workload after driving. Moreover, the Hino Compass promotes driving safety by informing a call center to get a road service in case of emergency.

Hino will continue to produce useful products for customers.


Notes:

1 A coinage made by combining the words “telecommunication” and “informatics,” and the generic term for communication systems, including cellular phones, which provide services to mobile objects such as vehicles.
2 A system development company that produces a vehicle operation control system which uses GPS information to track the present position and condition of a vehicle.
3 A company that focuses on the tow-truck road service business, targeting heavy-duty vehicles.
4 According to Hino’s research in Japan (as of the end of July, 2008)