Digital Radio is already finding its way into homes, with cars next expected. And Although BMW and Audi have committed to the technology, truck manufacturer Hino has cut their grass by being the first to install Digital Audio Broadcast (DAB+) radio equipment as standard.
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That's right, Hino will be the first vehicle manufacturer in OZ to bring digital radio into vehicles and it'll do so via a large HD touch screen multimedia unit. It'll still sport the traditional AM/FM receivers, while overloading on new features, including a DVD and CD player, USB input, SD card slot and is Bluetooth enabled for hands-free call handling.
The vehicles equipped with this state-of-the-art multimedia centre commenced manufacturing this September and include Hino's 300, 500 and 700 series.
Although luxury sedans are expected to incorporate the new tech, Hino's product planning manager, Daniel Petrovski, said the company wanted to help make their customer's operations more efficient:
"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.
"Our all-new in-dash double-din multimedia unit is designed to be user-friendly, feature the latest technology and contribute to vehicle safety with the adoption of rear-view sound-enabled infrared cameras and Bluetooth technology."
"Not only is this the most advanced multimedia unit ever fitted to a truck, the new Hino unit shames those fitted to the majority of luxury cars," he said.
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The unit will be covered by a three year nationwide warranty, with its key features detailed below:
6.1-inch high-definition colour TFT touch-screen
Large push buttons and rotary knobs for easy operation
MP3 compatible CD/DVD player
Bluetoothâ„¢ 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 iPodÂ® compatibility
512Mb hard-drive memory
4 x 40 watt speaker outputs