Here’s a thought: Wouldn’t passing a big truck be an awful lot safer if a video display on the vehicle’s back showed drivers what was happening up front? The “transparent truck” concept isn’t exactly new, but Samsung is now trying to bring the idea to life, with a prototype truck whose display-covered caboose transmits feed from a wireless camera.
According to The Verge, Samsung is currently seeking regulatory approval for the so-called “Safety Truck.” While I’ll give Samsung props for creativity, it’s hard to see the transportation sector adopting this idea en masse, for the obvious reason that plastering a bunch of big displays on the backs of trucks will cost money. I’d also worry about people having a little too much fun with screen-covered vehicles. Imagine, for instance, being stuck behind a truck that somebody had switched from street view to e-sports.
Now, that’d take distracted driving to a whole new level.