Safer overtaking on the horizon?

Posted on July 14th, 2015 by James Luckhurst

See-through trucks? We’ve been examining how Samsung is working to make safer overtaking a reality.

Have you ever been stuck behind an 18-wheeler on the Trans-Canada highway? No, well maybe you’ve sat patiently behind a big, slow lorry on roads in this country, wishing you had good enough sight of the road ahead to plan an overtaking manoeuvre.

Well, imagine this on those endless highways of the North American prairie… New see-through safety truck technology could make overtaking large trucks much easier and safer. Technology company Samsung trialled their ‘Safety Trucks’ recently in Argentina, where traffic accident rates are among the highest in the world.The trucks use a wireless camera at the front of the truck to project the image onto four exterior monitors at the back.

A spokesperson said: “Samsung is always looking for opportunities to apply technology in innovative ways to improve people’s lives. Leveraging our expertise as the world’s leader in display technology, We came up with the idea of Safety Truck which could alleviate many driving risks, especially for those driving behind large trucks. Our colleagues in Argentina carried out a project to demonstrate how Safety Truck could make driving a safer experience for drivers. Now, we are carefully considering the possibility of this opportunity in other countries, as highway environments and traffic regulations vary across regions.”

The prototype is no longer operational, but Samsung have confirmed that the technology is useful and potentially life-saving.The company is currently considering how to obtain the necessary legislative approval for an official roll-out on a global scale.

In 2013, the number of motor vehicle fatalities in Canada was down 7.4 per cent to 1,923 according to a Statistics Canada report.