Samsung has completed a trial run of its Safety Truck programme; an experiment that involves allowing drivers to see through large vehicles. This was done by mounting a wireless camera on the front of the trailer cab, and then feeding the video to four large screen panels set on the back of the trailer.
The idea behind the Safety Truck is that passing large vehicles is extremely dangerous on dual carriage roads. The ability to see oncoming traffic before deciding whether to pass a trailer would make the move safer, and lead to fewer head on collisons. Samsung hasn’t revealed any data about the trial run in Argentina, but has only said that the test run works.
While the idea looks good, it also looks hideously expensive. Not many companies will be able to outfit their fleet of trucks with four large screen monitors each; not to mention the addition of the forward camera that has to be able to see at night as well as in the day time.
Samsung is currently working on performing the corresponding tests in order to comply with the existing national protocols and obtain the necessary permits and approvals. It looks like the company is really attempting to go ahead with the technology as a B2B solution. How many companies pick it up is difficult to tell, but it’s not actually a bad idea; just an expensive one.
[Source: Samsung Tomorrow]