A Giant TV on the Back of Semi Trucks Could Make Passing Safer

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  1. Rockin&Rollin

    Rockin&Rollin Heavy Load Member

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    Cool idea ... :biggrin_25514:


    A Giant TV on the Back of Semi Trucks Could Make Passing Safer

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    Samsung wants to put more TVs on the road. Trying to pass a semi-truck on a two-way, one-lane road can easily lead to a deadly head-on collision, since it'€™s almost impossible to see around a semi without inching out into the opposite lane. Samsung's Safety Truck would make drivers safer by allowing them to see past tall trucks through a television attached to the back of the semi.

    The Safety Truck comes equipped with a front-view camera that provides a peek at what'€™s ahead for any driver stuck idling behind the truck. A wall of four television monitors hung on the back of the semi connects to a wireless camera attached to the front. The live feed from the camera shows what the driver of the truck sees, allowing drivers behind to make decisions about whether or not it'€™s safe to pass the slower semi, both during the day and at night.

    Driving is one of the most dangerous activities in the world, killing or injuring up to 50 million people throughout the world each year. The Safety Truck project was developed with Argentina in mind, where lots of one-lane highways with little passing room make for dangerous driving conditions. The country has one of the highest driving-related fatality rates in Latin America.

    The Safety Truck looks like a no-brainer for anyone interested in making roads safer. But there will likely be some obstacles to putting it into action. The system will need to take into account changing visibility conditions (for instance, when driving toward a low sunset), and Samsung hasn't announced how much it would cost truck owners.

    So it isn't clear how soon this concept could get out on the road. Currently, the prototype truck built is no longer operational,€ the company announced on its blog, Samsung Tomorrow, stipulating that, "€œSo far Samsung has been able to confirm that the technology works." The technology company is teaming up with road safety non-profits and the Argentinean government to go through more testing and attain the proper permits for the product. Until then, be careful in the passing lane.
     
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  3. GoneButNotForgotten

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    If they were showing porn the vehicles following would just probably stay behind the semi until it exits the highway. Everybody is a winner!
     
  4. c64basic

    c64basic Medium Load Member

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    ...until the drunk guy following the trailer thinks it's actually open road in front of him and rams into the back end!

    I'm not buying into this. It's like telling the public 'now it's really safe to tailgate semis!'. And wouldn't these things be getting stolen left and right? Certainly advertising on them would follow.

    Now, I would support a trailer screen that could display my GPS map - that would be awesome. :D
     
  5. jammer910Z

    jammer910Z Road Train Member

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    No... they'd be jockeying for position and slamming each other out of the way for 1st position behind the lead vehicle.
     
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  6. pete1

    pete1 Heavy Load Member

    And who is going to pay for this ridiculous contraption?
     
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  7. Rockin&Rollin

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    Perhaps they will be cheaper than the costs associated with "killing or injuring up to 50 million people throughout the world each year."
     
  8. Oldman49

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    Drivers barely keep their tail lites clean...
    Also imagine a wreck because of poor screen visibility. It's a concept,,,but not practical. Imo
     
  9. pete1

    pete1 Heavy Load Member

    Who's killing 50 million people?
     
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  10. Rockin&Rollin

    Rockin&Rollin Heavy Load Member

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    Read the original article in post 1.
     
  11. pete1

    pete1 Heavy Load Member

    So 50 million people are killing themselves by desperately trying to pass trucks no matter what the consequences are?
    Maybe the people driving cars should have to pay for these things since the people driving trucks don't give a crap whether they can see or not.
    Maybe nobody would have to pay anything if morons would back off and not drive 5 ft from the back of a truck.
     
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