Samsung’s new transparent safety truck shows oncoming traffic to the traffic behind the truck. Driver’s can see ahead of the Samsung semi via a live feed. Four monitors on the back of the truck stream the feed and is supposed to make driving safer for passing cars, according to Gizmag.com on Monday.
Wireless cameras mounted to the front of Samsung trucks display the road ahead for drivers wanting to change lanes or pass. A large transparent LCD screen attached to the rear of the truck shows a continuous clear view of what lies ahead. This invention is meant to prevent trailing cars from driving into the path of oncoming traffic when passing.
At least one prototype safety truck has been used for testing in Argentina. Samsung is currently working to get approval for more wide-scale use of the “transparent” truck. Further tests are planned with equipment that complies with highway safety and government regulations.
This technology is especially useful on one-lane highways. Argentina was chosen as the testing grounds because of its two-lane roads and high number of accidents. One person dies in a car crash every hour in Argentina. Non-profit organizations are helping Samsung develop the technology. Samsung has not yet announced when the system will be available or at what cost.
The South-Korean company was reportedly inspired to reduce Argentina’s number of accidents caused by overtaking situations on one-lane roads. Samsung hopes to save the lives of impatient drivers stuck behind slow semi-trucks and has already confirmed that the technology works. According to News.com.au, the camera view also has night vision capabilities and will be enabled both day and night.