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‘See-Through’ Truck: Future of Safety?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

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ARGENTINA--Samsung has come pretty close to providing a glimpse of what the future will—literally—look like.

The Korean company recently demonstrated just how far video technology has come, while pointing out how it could be used to help the transportation industry.

Images: Samsung

Samsung's Safety Truck lets drivers behind the tractor-trailer see the road the way the truck driver sees it. It uses a camera in the front and four video screens in the back to display the road ahead.

The company rolled out a “see-through” tractor-trailer in Argentina. Samsung’s “Safety Truck” has a video camera in the front that broadcasts live to four monitors mounted on the back.

That means drivers behind a truck can see what that truck driver sees. As Samsung points out, that unobstructed view of what’s on the other side of the truck just might save lives.

According to the 2014 edition of the Road Safety Annual Report, Argentina has some of the worst roads in the world. For every 100,000 Argentines, there are 12.4 road fatalities.

Samsung paints an even gloomier picture on its Samsung Safety Truck video posted to YouTube.

The truck was a prototype in Argentina, where traffic fatalities are high. But the future of the truck is unknown.

“In Argentina, almost one person dies in a traffic accident every hour,” the company wrote on the English version of the video’s opening screen.

The rest of the two-minute video shows cars effortlessly passing the Safety Truck after seeing a clear road ahead through the truck’s rear monitors.

Where Samsung plans to go with its idea is not known.

The company says on its official blog “SamsungTomorrow” that the demonstration truck has been pulled of the road for more tests and to get permits.

Which makes the truck's future slightly less clear than the images it broadcasts.


Tagged categories: Fatalities; Health & Safety; Roads/Highways; South America; Technology; Video

Comment from Edward Ciechanowski, (7/14/2015, 9:14 AM)

Interesting use of video can save lives it should happen in the US

Comment from Jorge Servin, (7/15/2015, 9:01 AM)

In the old days , the truck driver would help you by turning on the left turning light if he considered that the road ahead was clear for passing him or turned the right light on if not ,although this was made by courtesy it created lots of accidents due to miscalculations . Technology + Courtesy could make even more safe roads

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