Will This See-Through Truck Improve Commercial Truck Safety?
You may know Samsung from your favorite tablet or mobile phone, but the company has recently branched out into an entirely different area – roadway safety. The new “Safety Truck” concept rolled out recently and is designed to improve visibility and safety on the road, as well as decrease the chance of sustaining an injury. The safety truck concept is a modified big rig, the type of fleet or transport vehicle you see on the road every day, with an updated techno twist. Here’s what you need to know about the new truck from our in-house truck accident lawyer team.
Meet the Samsung Safety Truck
Samsung supersized its wireless camera and monitor system to fit a standard big rig truck. A wireless camera has been harnessed to the front of the truck and captures the roadway, traffic, signals, and signs ahead. Four monitors on the back doors of the truck display these features, along with any obstructions or hazards, in real time.
How does this increased visibility reduce the risk of injury and crashes, and improve commercial truck safety? Car accidents are often caused by drivers attempting to pass a big rig without knowing what is in front of it. A truck hauling a trailer is a huge obstruction and creates blind spots in the road. When drivers speed up to pass, they can encounter unexpected obstacles or even stalled or stopped traffic.
The goal of the safety truck is to increase visibility while cutting risk. By viewing the real-time images on the back of the truck, drivers can get a better idea of what lies ahead and make decisions based on what they see, not on what they hope is a clear road.
Recent road tests in Argentina worked; the safety truck increased visibility and performed as expected, according to recent reports by Forbes. A major technology manufacturer and innovator like Samsung can have a big impact on the roads and safety levels here at home. Improving safety with technology, regulations and other measures will help keep drivers safe and reduce your risk of injury or being in an accident on our busy roadways.
While these safety measures will reduce the risk of accidents in the future, if you’ve been in an accident caused by a big rig or its driver, you need a truck accident lawyer on your side. Contact Garcia & Artigliere if you need assistance – and follow our blog for the latest safety trends and news, too.