The Argentinian branch of Samsung has developed the Safety Truck, provided with a screen at the back which displays the road ahead to the driver behind the truck. This is done through a wireless camera which is placed on the front of the truck. Samsung’s clear truck promotes road safety by reducing head-on collisions.
Traffic accidents are one of the leading causes of death in Argentina. Samsung’s truck offers extra visibility so drivers will no longer need to head into the opposite lane to check whether there is another vehicle oncoming. The company believed that the high rates of deaths caused by traffic accidents might be caused by the many two lane roads which the country has.
According to Samsung a prototype of the Safety Truck was tested in Argentina with a local B2B client. That prototype is no longer operational, but in the future the company intends to collaborate with government regulators and non-profits in order to prepare the trucks for the road and save lives as soon as possible.
In a blog post Samsung Tomorrow wrote:
“This allows drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake. Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road.”
In order for the drivers to be prepared for a sudden stop or in case an animal jumps in front of the truck the camera is provided with night vision.
A video which shows how the driver interacts with the truck can as well be found on the blog.
Although this invention has the potential of saving many lives by increasing road safety it is not yet known how soon Safety Trucks will be seen on the road. The screen necessary for driver viewing is quite expensive so the price might be an issue.
Samsung wrote that they have confirmed that the technology works and that its efficacy can save lives and they are now working with governments to conduct more tests and obtain the official clearance for the public roads.
Other new technologies regarding trucks include automated driving. In May Daimler Trucks North America introduced its self-driving truck in Nevada. However just like Samsung’s truck it needs the changing of national regulations before it will be used.
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