Samsung’s new transparent Safety Trucks allow drivers to see when safe to pass [Video]

by Terresa Monroe-Hamilton | June 22, 2015 11:25 am

This is a brilliant piece of technology.[1] It will save countless lives and I can’t believe this hasn’t been done before. We have driven long distances many, many times… sometimes at night. Passing on single lane roads can be very dangerous. This takes the Russian Roulette aspect out of passing. The monitor works day or night and shows in real time when you are passing semis. It’s already been tested and verified. Now if the regulators will just get out of the way, Samsung can get on with saving lives out there on the open road.

Samsung Safety Truck[2]
Samsung is hoping to implement a new technology that will save the lives of drivers who get impatient.

From the Daily Mail:

Samsung is hoping to implement a new technology that will save the lives of drivers who get impatient when they are stuck behind semi-trailer trucks on single-lane highways or roads.

The Korean company wants to roll out a line of ‘Safety Trucks’ after being inspired to reduce the high number of traffic accidents in Argentina that occur on one-lane roads in overtaking situations.

The new trucks will use cameras, wireless video and huge display screens to allow drivers to see what is coming down the pike towards them without have to risk pulling out into harm’s way.

The safety vehicles will have wireless cameras attached to their fronts to capture the road ahead.

The images from the cameras will broadcast to a video wall made of four video monitors located on the back of the truck.

Those monitors will ‘give drivers behind the truck a view of what is going on ahead, even in the dark of night,’ according to the company[3].

Samsung tested a prototype of the truck with a business-to-business client, but the test model is no longer operational.

The company said it confirmed the technology works and that lives can be saved.

‘The next step is to perform the corresponding tests in order to comply with the existing national protocols and obtain the necessary permits and approvals,’ according to the company.

‘For this, Samsung is working together with safe driving NGOs and the government.’

In Argentina, nearly one person dies in a car crash every hour.

Hopefully, if a truck employs this technology there will be some way to protect the quad-screens on the back from vandals and thieves. It would also be great to make sure there is no lag in the feed and that it isn’t hackable. This development is a critically important technological advancement for road safety. As the video says, one person dies every hour in Argentina due to misjudging passing a big rig. I don’t know how many in the US die that way, but I am sure it is a significant number of drivers. I like how Samsung says that instead of changing lives, this will save lives. Very clever and true.

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