If you’ve driven on the highway then you’ve been in this situation: you’re stuck behind a truck in a tight spot and are a bit uncomfortable because the visibility is poor and so are the weather conditions. Well, Samsung are about to change all that.
They’re outfitting their new Safety Trucks with a camera in the front that sends a live feed to a massive weatherproof monitor on the back of the truck. This way, you can see what’s ahead of the truck and start calculating when you can safely pass it. But, more importantly, you’ll be able to see upcoming obstacles and accidents that could cause the truck to brake unexpectedly. Testing has begun in Argentina and within the next four months they hope to roll out the technology in the rest of the world.
Hah, Transformers pun.
There’s one concern that I have with this project: a big ass monitor on the back of a truck is distracting. People get distracted by just about anything, and if something goes wrong with that feed and people are too focused on the monitor then it’s just as dangerous as putting a damn cartoon on the thing. I guess those things could be hacked too, so there’s that.