A strange image has been floating around social media lately. It shows a rear-view of an ordinary semi-truck with one extraordinary feature: a "see-through" panel spread across the rear door that allows tailing drivers to see oncoming traffic, unobstructed, day or night.
The design is a prototype by Samsung that is a first, ambitious attempt to completely revolutionize road safety.
According to Samsung, most two-way accidents take place while attempting to pass – an effort made all the more dangerous when trying to overtake these large, view-obstructing semis.
To overcome that issue, Samsung attached a wireless camera to the front of the truck and projects that image to a video wall of four exterior monitors on the back. Those monitors provide drivers with a clear, unobstructed view of the road, even in the dark of night.
Dubbed the "Safety Truck," the concept provides drivers with a better view of what's ahead when deciding to pass, clearly showing any oncoming traffic, animal crossings, or traffic conditions that might require sudden braking.
That, in turn, translates to fewer accidents and fewer deaths, which seems to make this an innovation worth pursuing.
Read more about the "Safety Truck" on Material Handling & Logistics.