The size of a semi truck can be frustrating to those driving behind them on Georgia highways. It would be helpful to be able to see through or around such vehicles, especially on two-lane highways that pose serious accident risks for those who pass at the wrong time. Taking a chance on what can't be seen can be deadly, but being stuck behind a tired truck driver or an overloaded rig can be frustrating and even dangerous at times. Samsung may have an excellent solution for the dilemma of knowing when to pass a high-profile vehicle.
The technology company is best known for producing electronic equipment, including smartphones, computers, and televisions. Now, Samsung has incorporated its video technology into a camera system for semi trucks, mounting the cameras to the grills of semis to obtain real-time footage of road conditions as a vehicle drives. The video is relayed to a display on the back of a tractor trailer, allowing the driver directly behind such a vehicle to observe current road conditions as seen by the driver of the big rig. This visual information can allow a driver to make a more careful decision about whether or not to pass a rig.
The system has not been tested in the U.S. at this point. However, Samsung has been working with this system, running tests in Argentina, a nation in which traffic accident statistics tend to be very high each year. Some critics suggest that this motor vehicle technology won't prevent motorists from taking chances.
Because unsafe trucking conditions, including driver fatigue, can lead to serious accidents, trucking companies may be interested in seeing various types of technologies developed to protect both their drivers and other motorists from truck collisions. In the meantime, those who have been injured in such an accident caused by a negligent truck driver may wish to speak with a personal injury attorney to determine the options that may be available to obtain compensation.