In recent years, road accidents have become the 9th leading cause of death globally. About 1.3 million people die every year with an average of 3,287 deaths a day according to global road crash statistics, one in every 25 seconds.
This awful statistics is partly the motivation for Samsung’s latest development of what could be ‘a road safety revolution’; the Safety Truck. The truck has a wireless camera in front which is connected to a video wall with four large monitors at the back of the truck. The monitors give drivers behind the truck a view of what is ahead, even in the dark of night, thus allowing them make informed decisions, especially when they intend to overtake the truck. The Safety Truck will also reduce other accident risks caused by people and unforeseen circumstances.
Although Samsung cited Argentina’s statistic on traffic accidents as the logic behind the Safety Truck innovation, these trucks have the potential of saving millions of lives, especially in countries like Iraq, Libya, and Nigeria.
In collaboration with NGO’s and government parastatals, Samsung is currently carrying out similar tests to comply with existing national protocols to get necessary permits and approval.
Though the prototype is no longer operational, Samsung’s Safety Truck, would definitely reduce the total number of road accidents worldwide, when it finally hits the market. The Korean electronics giant already confirmed the success of the technology after a test run with one of its local business clients.
The world anxiously awaits the launch of this highly laudable revolutionary innovation.