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Transparent Safety Truck Gives Drivers Behind a Virtual View of Road Ahead to Let Them Pass OK

By    |   Tuesday, 23 Jun 2015 08:38 AM

Big rig trucks are going "transparent" with a new technology from Samsung that aims to save lives because drivers behind the 18-wheelers get a virtual view of the road ahead.

By equipping its trucks with a front-facing camera and four screens across the back, Samsung has made the road in front of the truck visible to drivers trailing behind. The transparent effect allows drivers in places that have no passing lanes to move around slow-going trucks more safely, CNNMoney reported.

A prototype of Samsung's "Safety Truck" was tested in Argentina, where there is an abundance of two-lane highways, and, unfortunately, an abundance of vehicle accidents. According to Samsung, the South American country has the fifth-highest number of crashes in the world.

While the technology is still under development by Samsung — and review by local governments — TheVerge.com reported that the more likely safety technology to win out in the long run is Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication (V2V).

Because of the high cost of equipping 18-wheelers with video screens, it's likely unfeasible to expect shipping companies to adopt the technology. V2V communication, however, relies on cost-efficient sensors to report each vehicle's position, direction, and speed to the other vehicles on the road.

That means that the car can alert you when it's safe to pass a truck, as well as display alerts for other conditions — like sudden stops ahead.




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