Samsung, in partnership with Helvetica SA and Volvo Trucks Argentina is building trucks with screens on the back so drivers can see how the road is ahead perhaps before overtaking. Though this concept was teased in a blog post last year, this is the first time the commercial version has been unveiled to the public.
This will allow “drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake,” the company said in its blog post. “Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road.”
Samsung showed off this commercial version of the vehicle at a press event in La Plata, Argentina. This prototype version called the Samsung Safety Truck, features a built-in wireless camera on the front and four HD monitors on the back. The concept of this equipment is to make drivers see if it is safe for them to overtake before they do so hence making road use safer.
Screens at the back are both water and dust resistant, IP56 certified (currently the highest certification for both dust and water resistance) so irrespective of the weather drivers can view the road up front clearly. They were also designed to maintain visual quality so even under strong sunlight the screen remains as clear as ever.
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The Safety Truck is currently being tested on roads in Argentina, testing will commence for over a year so as to see if it helps prevent accidents. Samsung will eventually roll out the idea globally in the next four months.
Samsung, founded by Lee Byung-chul in 1938, is a South Korean multinational conglomerate company headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. Samsung diversified into areas including food processing, textiles, insurance, securities and retail. Samsung entered the electronics industry in the late 1960s and the construction and shipbuilding industries in the mid-1970s.