Getting stuck in early morning traffic on your way to work is certainly not a nice way to start your day. Well, you know what’s worse? Getting stuck behind a semi-truck. Apart from taking up most of the road space, those monstrosities just won’t budge. This also leads to another problem. Those who blur the line between bravery and foolishness by attempting to pass said truck more often than not end up either in a road accident or narrowly miss one. Either way, it’s no fun.
Samsung has apparently foreseen this problem and come out with a seemingly ingenious solution. The Argentinian arm of the South Korean tech giant is currently showing off what they call a “Safety Truck”. Basically it’s a semi-truck with a wireless camera attached to the front. At the back of the truck, a large screen is hooked up to the camera thus displaying the road ahead on said screen to those vehicles behind the truck. This is apparently a part of an effort to reduce head-on collisions from passing.
Delving into slightly more technical details, the front-mounted camera transmits its signal to a total of four monitors located at the back of the truck in order to provide a field of view for drivers behind the truck. Samsung says that in addition to making passing said trucks safer, the drivers can also see any other obstacles on the road ahead, thus alleviating the need for sudden emergency braking.
Unfortunately though, Samsung has announced that the truck used for testing is no longer in operation but they are working with government and non-government safety agencies to enhance the technology further.
For example, though viable on two-lane roads, the truck would not be really helpful on multi-lane highways. Additionally, the screen used to show the road ahead could very well prove to be a distraction along with image quality as well.
Overall, it’s an innovative approach to road safety. Sadly though Samsung hasn’t exactly given an exact timeline for its development. It may have just been a passing fancy for all we know.