Samsung Could Revolutionize Road Safety
Although Samsung is not renowned for its contributions to the motor vehicle industry, it would seem that the tech giant is actually quite adamant on improving the safety on our roads. The company recently introduced a road safety vehicle called the Samsung Safety Truck, which basically equips a traditional long-distance truck with a camera and four outdoor monitors. This helps the drivers of vehicles trailing behind the truck to see what is or isn't coming their way should they wish to overtake, and also provides truck drivers with a better visuals of their surroundings.
If you've ever driven behind a long-distance truck before, then you may be familiar with how nerve-wracking the entire experience can be. Often, you are either torn between trailing behind the massive vehicle until the road widens, or forced to overtake with a limited view of any oncoming traffic. Passing another vehicle when your view of the road is obstructed is a large gamble and one of the leading causes of head-on collisions. Samsung hopes their latest endeavor will significantly diminish road accidents of this kind.
In terms of breaking into the motor industry, Google has held our attention for some time now with its endeavor to portray self-driving cars as something we should all be interested in. The company is publishing reports on the performance of its automated vehicles and it appears that accidents only occur when people are in control. This not only says a lot about how humans are their own worst enemies on the road, but it also shows us how much we actually need technology to help improve road safety. So although Samsung's Safety Truck may have been unanticipated, it is a far cry from unnecessary.
Samsung has confirmed that the prototype Safety Truck is no longer in operation. The prototype had served it purpose in proving that the technology works, is a viable venture and that it can save the lives of many people. The next step is to conduct other related tests and to obtain the necessary approvals and permits. Samsung is working closely with NGOs and the government in order to make their Safety Trucks a common occurrence on our roads.
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