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Samsung's latest prototype is designed to make roadways safer

By Shawn Knight
Jun 22, 2015
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  1. Samsung has developed a prototype camera system designed to make our roadways a bit safer. The project, dubbed the Samsung Safety Truck, involves mounting a camera on the front of a big rig truck that’s used to project images of what’s ahead to video screens on the back of the truck. The idea is designed to give passenger vehicle drivers stuck behind slow-moving big rigs a clear view of what’s in front of the truck (like oncoming traffic).

    Armed with this knowledge, drivers will be able to make better informed decisions regarding when they can overtake a big rig truck.

    The project is inspired by the dangerous roads of Argentina in which one person dies every hour in a traffic accident. It’s a noble cause for sure although Samsung wasn’t the first to come up with the idea.

    samsung transparent safety trucks

    Russian design house Art Lebedev (you may remember their OLED keyboards from years ago) presented this exact concept nearly six years ago. They called it Transparentius but unfortunately, it doesn’t appear as though the idea ever got off the ground.

    Technology has certainly advanced since 2009, making an idea like this more plausible than ever. While it could no doubt save lives, the problem is that transportation companies wouldn’t have any financial incentive to outfit their fleet with such equpiment.

    Perhaps they could recoup some of their investment by running ads on the video boards? I’m kidding, of course… sort of.

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  2. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    Before reading the article, I thought that Samsung's way of making roadways safer (against driverless cars) is the use of a real licensed human driver. :)

    seriously, idk if there is such a thing as road RADAR, but if boats and planes have this technology, then maybe it can be applied for use in land vehicles.
     
  3. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,216   +1,240

    The large screen version is "StealthTruck".
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,550   +2,894

    And in reality you will never keep them working. After the first year of trial, the decision not to keep replacing them will be made and the trial classified as trial failure.
     
  5. WangDangDoodle

    WangDangDoodle TS Addict Posts: 199   +71

    I can't make up my mind about whether or not this is stupid and dangerous. :s
     
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,476   +2,034

    I'm never likely to see something innovative like this here. I've got more chance of seeing ramps attached to the rear of trucks so we can overtake them by racing over the top of them like we do with the vehicle transporters in GTA.
     
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  7. bugejakurt

    bugejakurt TS Booster Posts: 157   +15

    I think the big screen will be somewhat distracting...
     
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  8. Milkyjoe

    Milkyjoe TS Rookie

    I have an idea instead of having the screen on the back of the lorry, maybe they could just broadcast the video feed, and as you get close with your car, the image will appear on you dashboard screen.
     
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