Have you ever been behind a semi-trailer truck and just haven’t been able to get over to see if there is a car coming the other way? Even if the semi is traveling slowly, you sometimes can’t overtake because of its sheer size. Here in Australia, they can be up to 53.5 meters (175.5 feet), but they can be even longer on private roads in the outback. Samsung has resolved this with its prototype Safety Truck.
The biggest, longest trucks in the world—road trains in the Australian Outback:
Argentina’s statistics on traffic accidents are among the highest in the world, with most of these accidents occurring on two-lane roads, 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. But more than that, this time the goal is more ambitious—to save lives, Samsung wrote on its web page.
Samsung safety truck:
The Safety Truck has a wireless camera attached to the front of the truck, which is then connected to a screen that is attached to the rear of the truck. The screen is made up of four exterior monitors that will give drivers a view of what is in front of the truck, and will also work at night.
With this system, it is hoped that drivers will be able to make better decisions when it comes to overtaking.
The prototype is no longer being used, but the company has now confirmed the technology works and could save lives.
According to the Daily Mail: “The next step is to perform the corresponding tests in order to comply with the existing national protocols and obtain the necessary permits and approvals,” said the company. “For this, Samsung is working together with safe driving NGOs and the government.”
I know it would be a great tool on Australian roads. Let’s hope it gets past the prototype phase, and becomes something all trucks have.