Samsung’s Safety Truck Gives Drivers a View of the Road Beyond

June 23, 2015

5:00 pm

Semi-trucks are not fun to be around – whether that’s driving next to them, behind them, or (god-forbid) inside them, the experience can be worrisome. And, while we can easily maneuver our cars past them in many major cities (thanks to multiple car lanes), this luxury isn’t available everywhere. In countries like Argentina, for example, single- and two-lane roads are common, and drivers often have take risks in order to pass them and continue on the road ahead. Thankfully, Samsung has designed a new safety truck that hopes to lower these kinds of risks for drivers.

According to Samsung, Argentina’s stats show that the country has one of the most traffic accidents in the world, with most accidents taking place on two-lane roads and occurring as a result of drivers passing other cars and trucks. To help reduce the frequency of crashes, Samsung designed what it calls the “Safety Truck” – a semi-trailer truck with a wireless camera mounted on the front, which connects to a video wall on the back of the truck. By doing this, drivers behind the truck get a view of what’s going on on the road in front of the truck, giving them better knowledge on whether it’s safe to pass them.

The prototype that was used is no longer operational, but test runs can confirm that the Safety Truck does indeed work and has the potential to save many lives. Samsung writes that the next steps would be to perform the necessary tests to comply with existing national protocols and receive the necessary permits and approvals. In order for this to happen, Samsung will need to work with various safe driving NGOs and governments.

Check out the video of Samsung’s Safety Truck below:

(H/T Mashable)


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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things.

Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in ‘Doctor Who’, Murakami, ‘The Mindy Project’, and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a “writer”. Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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