Near-transparent truck could save lives

Electronics giant unveils one unique solution to heavy vehicle road trauma

Near-transparent truck could save lives
Samsung's Safety Truck on tour in Argentina.


The rear of a trailer may no longer be the place for advertising the transporters brand, or its customer. If technology giant Samsung’s latest prototype gets traction, trucks could have screens installed on their rear sides, projecting a real-time image of the road ahead.

Samsung’s "Safety Truck" has completed a testing period on the roads of Argentina, with the company saying the technology could significantly reduce road trauma on two-way highways around the world.

"The Safety Truck consists of a wireless camera attached to the front of the truck, which is connected to a video wall made out of four exterior monitors located on the back of the truck," Samsung says in a blog post released last week.

"The monitors give drivers behind the truck a view of what is going on ahead, even in the dark of night."

While Argentina has one of the highest road trauma rates in the world, it says these near transparent trucks can also improve safety around the world, including in Australia.

"This allows drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake," it says.

"Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road."

With its South America testing complete, the single Safety Truck prototype is currently non-operational. Samsung says it is working with safe-driving organisations and governments to fine-tune its systems before considering a wider testing regime.

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