We’ve all been in the situation when you’re behind a large semi-truck on the highway and it can be extremely difficult to see around them to change lanes, but Samsung has an answer to this problem. Samsung wants to leverage its technological expertise to make the roads a safer place.
A prototype truck designed by Samsung, called the “Safety Truck” shows how the South Korean electronics company hopes to use technology to make the oversized vehicles seemingly transparent. A front facing camera with night vision capability projects what the truck driver is seeing front of them. The live video images are then projected onto the back of the truck, showing drivers behind them when it is or is not safe for them to pass. This view is enabled both day and night, and is said to have the potential to significantly reduce overtaking accidents.
“This allows driver to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe overtake. Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road,” the company says. Though the prototype truck is no longer operational, Samsung said the next step will be for the company to work with local non-profits and government regulators to make the trucks ready for the road, and hopefully saving lives. No announcement has been made as to when or if such a system will be made commercially available or at what cost.