Tuns more technology from Foton

Pictures by Burt Lamont

FOTON has made a major move forward for its Tunland ute range with the addition of a number of safety improvements to make the vehicle much easier and enjoyable to drive.

The big addition is an ESP or electronic stability programme system that includes all the basic modules such as anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, a vehicle dynamic control system and traction control.

It offers some value-added modules including a hydraulic brake assist function, hill hold control and downhill assist control.

The hill hold control is combined with a longitudinal acceleration sensor. When starting on a slope, after shifting into forward gears, the brake pressure applied by the driver can automatically stay on up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal and before the vehicle starts, thereby effectively preventing sliding on the slope.

Hydraulic brake assist deals with an emergency in which the brake pedal force applied by the driver is not enough.

Hydraulic brake assist can recognise insufficient pedal force and automatically establish brake pressure reaching ABS level.

Hydraulic braking assist can greatly reduce the braking distance.

Downhill assist control or HDC downhill assist control is an additional function of the ESP system related to driving comfort. In the process of moving downhill with HDC a braking force can be applied actively through ESP to achieve a slow downhill descent without the need for the driver to depress the brake pedal.

HDC is activated by pressing a button and when travelling downhill the vehicle will travel at the lowest speed of 9.5kmh and keep the speed constant.

The driver can adjust by depressing the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal.

If the speed is between 9.5 and 35kmh when the driver releases the pedal, the HDC function will be triggered and maintain the current vehicle speed while continuing downhill.

When the speed exceeds 60kmh, HDC will automatically turn off. When HDC control is effective, if the wheels slide excessively ABS will automatically get involved.

With the ESP system, when the ignition switch is turned on the indicator lamp will come on to show the system is working. There is also an indicator switch for HDC.

Foton has added a wellside to the single cab models, while there are now three pressure-sensitive diagonal seatbelts in the rear of the double cab models.

These improvements are being installed across the Tunland range with its full book of double and single cabs and two or four-wheel- drive options.

They will make the already well-regarded working utes even more driver-friendly adding to their competitive pricing and reliability.

FOTON has made a major move forward for its Tunland ute range with the addition of a number of safety improvements to make the vehicle much easier and enjoyable to drive.

The big addition is an ESP or electronic stability programme system that includes all the basic modules such as anti-lock braking, electronic brakeforce distribution, a vehicle dynamic control system and traction control.

It offers some value-added modules including a hydraulic brake assist function, hill hold control and downhill assist control.

The hill hold control is combined with a longitudinal acceleration sensor. When starting on a slope, after shifting into forward gears, the brake pressure applied by the driver can automatically stay on up to two seconds after the driver releases the brake pedal and before the vehicle starts, thereby effectively preventing sliding on the slope.

Hydraulic brake assist deals with an emergency in which the brake pedal force applied by the driver is not enough.

Hydraulic brake assist can recognise insufficient pedal force and automatically establish brake pressure reaching ABS level.

Hydraulic braking assist can greatly reduce the braking distance.

Downhill assist control or HDC downhill assist control is an additional function of the ESP system related to driving comfort. In the process of moving downhill with HDC a braking force can be applied actively through ESP to achieve a slow downhill descent without the need for the driver to depress the brake pedal.

HDC is activated by pressing a button and when travelling downhill the vehicle will travel at the lowest speed of 9.5kmh and keep the speed constant.

The driver can adjust by depressing the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal.

If the speed is between 9.5 and 35kmh when the driver releases the pedal, the HDC function will be triggered and maintain the current vehicle speed while continuing downhill.

When the speed exceeds 60kmh, HDC will automatically turn off. When HDC control is effective, if the wheels slide excessively ABS will automatically get involved.

With the ESP system, when the ignition switch is turned on the indicator lamp will come on to show the system is working. There is also an indicator switch for HDC.

Foton has added a wellside to the single cab models, while there are now three pressure-sensitive diagonal seatbelts in the rear of the double cab models.

These improvements are being installed across the Tunland range with its full book of double and single cabs and two or four-wheel- drive options.

They will make the already well-regarded working utes even more driver-friendly adding to their competitive pricing and reliability.

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