Samsung to roll out Safety Truck in four months

The truck, which is currently being tested on roads in Argentina, has a built-in wireless camera on the front and four monitors on the back to assist other drivers when attempting to overtake.
Written by Cho Mu-Hyun, Contributing Writer

Samsung will began supplying its "Safety Truck" globally after four months of reliability testing, the company has announced.

The tech conglomerate showed off the first commercial version of the vehicle at a press event in La Plata, Argentina. The concept was teased in a blog post last year, but this is the first time the commercial version has been unveiled to the public.

The four monitors on the back of the truck form a "video wall" that live-feeds the view ahead of the truck for cars behind.

This will allow "drivers to have a better view when deciding whether it is safe to overtake," the company said in its blog post. "Another advantage of the Safety Truck is that it may reduce the risk of accidents caused by sudden braking or animals crossing the road."

The IP56-certified signage are water- and dust-proof and were designed to maintain visual quality even under strong sunlight.

They were developed by Samsung's enterprise team under its Visual Display division, which oversees the development of all non-mobile gadgets with a display panel.

Samsung said US advertising firm Leo Burnett, car giant Volvo, system integrator Ingematica, and truck-trailer company Helvetica participated in the project.

The company added that the Safety Truck concept may, at a later date, be used together with truck platooning -- where two trucks can automatically control the distance between them on the road using wireless networks.

"We are trying to make a better world with innovation in technology," said Lee Sang-jik, head of Samsung Argentina in a statement. "We hope traffic collision declines as more and more trucks use Samsung's signage technology."

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