Samsung’s so-called “see-through” truck is ready to hit the streets in an effort to make it safer for transport trucks and cars to share the road.
The prototype vehicle, first unveiled in June 2015, was designed to make it safer for cars and small trucks to pass transport trucks on two-lane highways.
The semi-truck features a wireless camera mounted on its front hood, which displays the road ahead on a screen attached to the back of the truck. The idea is, vehicles behind the truck would be able to see what was coming up on the road ahead of them and pass safely if they wanted to get in front of the truck.
In addition to making passing safer, Samsung said drivers could use the display – made up of four screens on the back of the truck – to monitor conditions ahead of the truck and avoid emergency braking
In a blog post published this week, the company said it has produced the first prototype of the truck, scheduled to be on the roads for a year.
“Samsung is always looking for opportunities to apply technology in innovative ways to improve people’s lives. Leveraging our experience as the world leader in display technology, along with Leo Burnett, we came up with the idea of the Samsung Safety Truck, an invention that we believe will change the history of road safety,” said Sang Jik Lee, president of Samsung Electronics Argentina.