Overtaking a large truck on a two-lane road is easily one of the most harrowing maneuvers drivers face, especially if they are accustomed to roads where passing isn't allowed.
Samsung has created a system that could take the guesswork out of passing large trucks that one cannot see around.
The company's prototype Safety Truck features a large screen on the rear door that is connected wirelessly to a camera at the front, essentially allowing the drivers behind the truck to see through it. Think of it as a 21st century update to that bubble on the rear window that some light buses feature that allows one to see what's going on up ahead.
The video wall itself is composed of four separate monitors on the back that are combined to display a wide angle view of the traffic ahead.
The concept seems simple; why hasn't anyone done this before? Samsung has had to overcome a number of technological issues, such as developing a rear screen that would not produce glare or blind the drivers behind the truck. But it seems that for the most part it's an issue of cost rather than technological challenge, given the Jumbotron-sized highway billboard screens we see everywhere.