Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), one of Asia’s leading commercial vehicle manufacturers, announced it will launch its new 2012 model Aero Queen/Ace large tourist bus for Japan. Compliant to the upcoming latest safety regulations, the enhanced, clean and efficient bus will be available at Mitsubishi Fuso dealerships and regional sales centers across Japan from July 2.
The new Aero Queen/Ace large tourist bus complies with the latest safety regulations* which will become effective in July 2012 and incorporates a brake override system (BOS) and a newly developed side-view camera to ensure enough field of view on the side, to enhance safety performance significantly. The BOS overrides vehicle acceleration when brake and accelerator pedals are pressed at the same time.
Regulation based on the Economic Commission for Europe Safety Regulation
As conventionally equipped, all 2012 model Aero Queen/Ace large tourist bus models are equipped with MDAS-III as standard. The MDAS-III driver attention monitoring system is a technology only available from Fuso in the commercial industry. MDAS which stands for Mitsubishi Driver Attention monitoring System is an active safety technology to monitor driver’s attention with a white-line-recognition camera and various sensors and reduce the possibility of accidents by giving the driver alert warnings, by alarms and through meter displays, when his or her attention is waning.
This driver’s attention monitoring system was installed in Super Great heavy-duty truck in 1996 for the first time in the world to prevent accidents caused by waning driver’s attention. The MDAS system has since then been enhanced. The current third-generation MDAS has been highly evaluated as a system incorporating active safety technologies to prevent accidents from happening, and has received the “Technological Development Award” in the 58th Automotive Technology Awards given by the Japan Society of Automotive Engineers (JSAE) in 2008.
Our new Aero Queen and Aero Ace are excellent in terms of safety and environmental performance, which overall contributes to significant reduction of total cost of ownership for our customers,” said Mr. Hiromitsu Hashiguchi, MFTBC Director of Fuso Bus Unit. “Fuso continues to be committed to developing and promoting safety technologies, especially when it comes to serving the public transport sector for our customers, drivers, passengers and the society. Overall, Fuso is the leader in the large bus segment and further strives for ‘Customer Number One in Japan,’ through leading products, customer-oriented sales, and dependable service.