According to the United States Department of Transportation, the average person drives about 13,000 miles a year. Also, in the United States, there are about 10 million accidents each year that result in a fatality. Due to the dangers of driving, Samsung is trying to make roads–especially one-lane roads–a safer place with the Safety Truck.
According Samsung’s official blog, Samsung is attempting to reduce the amount of traffic accidents that happen each year by creating a transparent truck, dubbed the Safety Truck. The truck has wireless cameras attached to its front end, which are then connected to a set of four video monitors located on the back of the truck. The four monitors are placed together to create one large display to provide drivers behind the truck a view into what’s ahead. Samsung also indicated that these cameras will even display the video images in the dark.
Having to pass a large truck or semi on a single lane road can be extremely difficult at times. I have seen and even been a part of some very close calls when attempting to pass a large truck. By having a display that shows exactly what is ahead of the truck, drivers will be able more easily judge whether it’s safe to make the pass or not.
While Samsung had a prototype on the road, at this time the prototype no longer exists. While this news may seem Samsung has given up on their desire to make roads safer, rest assured that this is not the case. Samsung is currently working with safe driving NGOs and the government to obtain the necessary permits and approvals to further the project. There is no estimated time as to when we might see this technology on the road, but keep your eyes peeled.
Check out the video blow to see Samsung’s Safety Truck in action:
After watching the video, the idea is incredible, and I am sure that lives can be saved with this type of technology. With that said, I am sure that this technology has the potential to distract some drivers and possibly create additional accidents at first. Drivers are not used to seeing this technology on the road, and it will take time for them to get used to utilizing it once it becomes available. I would also be interested in seeing this technology in action in different driving conditions. Does the camera produce a good image when it gets rainy, snowy or dusty? Also, how does Samsung plan on keeping these monitors from being stolen? While it is nice to believe all people are honest, sadly, that’s not the case. I am sure Samsung has thought of these concerns and are working diligently to find solutions, if they have not already done so.