Front-Facing Camera on "Safety Truck" Gives Drivers a Live View of What's Ahead

When driving on a two-way road, with only one lane in each direction, passing another vehicle can be quite tricky and very dangerous. In an effort to help solve this potentially disastrous problem, Samsung decided to incorporate its camera technology onto their large semi-trailer trucks, which they're calling Safety Trucks.

Each vehicle has a wireless front-facing camera that's installed on its grill, and the backside features a giant four-screen display that shows what's happening just up ahead. This addition intends to make it easier for drivers to look “through” the Samsung truck and know when it's okay to pass it. As a driver behind the truck, you'll see if there is an oncoming car, stalled traffic, or even wildlife ahead. It's the sort of knowledge that can save many lives. The trucks even have a night vision mode, so they'll be helpful any time of day.

Samsung tested their project in Argentina, which has some of the most dangerous traffic in the world. According to the company, an average of one person dies every hour due to a traffic accident, with many of those deaths caused by cars trying to overtake other vehicles on two-way roads.

In the end, the testing was successful. As the company explains: “So far Samsung has been able to confirm that the technology works and that this idea can definitely save the lives of many people.” They're now performing more evaluations in order to comply with existing guidelines and to obtain official clearance for the roads.

The Safety Truck in night vision mode

Samsung Tomorrow: Website
via [PetaPixel]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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