Samsung ’Safety Truck’ Shows the Road Ahead On a Rear Screen
Ashley Allen / 2 years ago
Have you ever risked overtaking a truck or articulated lorry, not knowing for sure if the lane ahead was clear? That hazardous maneuver may become a thing of the past, thanks to the ‘safety truck’.
Developed by Korean tech behemoth Samsung, the ‘Safety Truck’ uses wireless video cameras, attached to the front of the hulking road vehicle, that projects the road ahead, in real-time, on to large digital screens mounted on the rear of the trailer portion of the truck, allowing road-users following the vehicle to see exactly what the truck’s driver sees, and whether the road is clear for a potential overtaking. The cameras even include night vision functionality.
The technology was developed in the wake of Argentina’s appalling road safety record, with 80% of the country’s fatalities occurring on roads – one person every hour – with the majority related to overtaking. Argentinian tech group Ingematica contributed heavily to the design, in partnership with ad agency Leo Burnett and, of course, Samsung.
Though the ‘Safety Truck’ is little more than a technical demonstration at present, it is hoped that the development of the technology will make roads safer and save lives across the globe.
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