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Samsung safety truck could revolutionise road safety

With a forward facing camera and rear-mounted television screens, the Samsung Safety Truck prototype allows drivers behind to see the road ahead and decide whether it’s safe to overtake
It’s a situation most drivers experience almost every day: Driving on a two-lane road, stuck behind a slow-moving truck, unable to overtake it due to its size, and cannot see what is happening in front of the truck. The Korean tech-giant Samsung has developed a solution that may make this problem a thing of the past. With a forward facing camera and rear-mounted television screens, the Samsung Safety Truck prototype allows drivers behind to see the road ahead and decide whether it’s safe to overtake.
Samsung has conducted a test with a local B2B client in Argentina. Argentina’s statistics on traffic accidents are among the highest in the world. Majority of these is due to the high numbers of semi-trailers and long stretches of single-lane highway and particularly in situations of overtaking. With this in mind, Samsung developed a technology for trucks that seeks to enrich the lives of people through innovation.
According a recent Samsung Tomorrow blog post, “The Safety Truck consists of a wireless camera attached to the front of the truck, which is connected to a video wall made out of four exterior monitors located on the back of the truck. The monitors give drivers behind the truck a view of what is going on ahead, even in the dark of night.”
The Safety Truck allows drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake. Another advantage of this truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road, the blog said. Though the prototype truck built is no longer operational, Samsung confirmed that the technology works and that this idea can definitely save the lives of many people. “The next step is to perform the corresponding tests in order to comply with the protocols and obtain the necessary permits and approvals,” Samsung said.

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