Argentina is a big country, with a lot of bad, narrow roads. Sound familiar? The Argentinian branch of Samsung has created a concept truck to promote road safety, using technology to solve a all too tragic human problem.
Dubbed the Samsung Safety Truck, the driving thought behind it is to prevent accidents when cars try to overtake trucks. It is achieved by mounting a wireless camera to the front of the truck, and connecting it to four LCD monitors on the back of the truck, combining to show one large, continuous image of the road in front of the truck.
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Yes this solution would reduce accidents when overtaking, that I think is a given. But when I’m driving, I dislike being behind not only trucks, but also four-wheel drive cars and SUVs. I like to see what’s happening on the road a few cars ahead, as it reduces my reaction time should anything untoward happen.
The Argentinian trial of the Samsung Safety Truck has been completed, and while results haven’t been published, Samsung has said that it was a successful trial. The company does confirm that is working together with road safety organisations and the government to make them a permanent fixture on Argentinian roads.
What do you think… is this something you’d like to see on Australian roads? Have you ever had an accident or a near miss involving a truck?