Driving behind a truck is never fun, particularly if you need to pass them. Trucks are an essential part of the transport and logistic infrastructure that allows us to live where we do, but buy from anywhere, so they’re not going anywhere. With the truck vs car wars a daily occurrence, Samsung are trying to make the challenge of passing a big rig, safer. Introducing the Samsung Safety Truck concept. The system works by placing wireless cameras in the front of the truck, with the vision beamed to the back doors of the trailer to large displays. This gives the trailing driver a view of the road ahead, effectively making the truck see-through.
This would allow the driver following a truck to make a better assessment of any on-coming traffic and if clear, pass safely, rather than playing Russian roulette with timing. The camera would include night vision to enable the system to work day or night and the rear panels would be weatherproof to cope to any weather conditions. Doesn’t look like there’s any plans for windscreen wipers though.
There’s some irony in the fact that Samsung, one of the largest display manufacturers on the planet, wants to sell truck companies on 4 of their displays, which would then mean more trucks to transport more displays. That said, it would actually make trucks and overtaking them, a safer experience on our roads, problem is, are you comfortable with paying more for your goods to be transported, to pay for the technology?
Of course another benefit of being able to see the ahead is to be aware of any objects on the road that the truck may swerve to avoid. Knowing the approaching road conditions would give drivers valuable seconds back to inform advanced decision making, rather than wait and be reactionary which often results in an accident.
Right now the Safety Truck is in testing, if it proves successful and they can solve the cost issue, Samsung would transfer testing into a trial.
More information at Business Insider.