What if you found out that a truck was being fitted with a video camera on the front (facing forward) and a wall of televisions on the back (facing backward)? Would you think that this is sad way for people to keep up on their favorite television shows? Would you think it is just another symptom of our technologically-centered development as people?
No matter your answers to those questions, you probably wouldn’t think that such an idea would have something to do with truck safety. But amazingly, it does. And, in fact, it could prove to be a very important (if small) step towards preventing future truck accidents.
The entire rig is meant to allow people who drive behind large trucks to see what is going on in front of the truck. With the video camera sending visual information to the TVs, projecting what is going on in front of the car, the people behind the truck can effectively “see through” the truck. It may be a bit straightforward, but the idea of this safety truck could prove to be very helpful.
The safety truck will be used in Argentina during a trial period. If all goes well, the safety truck could be utilized by the trucking industry here in the United States — though that’s a ways off.
It should be interesting to see how the trial runs goes, because these televisions could ostensibly be seen as distractions, a clear hurdle towards improving road safety.
Source: Engadget, “Samsung’s Safety Truck concept starts testing in Argentina,” Devindra Hardawar, Feb. 3, 2016