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Samsung’s Transparent Trucks: Clearly A New Reality
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Thomas Claburn
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Thomas Claburn,
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6/29/2015 | 7:04:35 PM
transparency
If we have transparent trucks, perhaps it's not too much to hope for transparent politicians.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/29/2015 | 6:52:56 PM
Re: South America
@mak63- Well, I worry more about people one lane over (though in the Argentina scenario they are worried about two lane roads. Imagine the truck is in the slow lane and you are passing the truck and instead of looking in the land in front of you, you glance over to the TV. But yeah, this is not insurmountable. It is going to take some getting used to though.
David Wagner
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6/29/2015 | 5:47:10 PM
Re: Questionable At Best
@asksqn- I think the real issue is not necessarily quantifying accident reduction. i bet that can actually be done. What is interesting is that the scenario of a car going around a truck doesn't necessarily lead to a truck accident. If, for example, a car goes around a truck and hits a car going head on in the other direction and neither car hits the truck, then the insurance pay outs don't involve the truck at all. So you not only have to quantify that it reduces accidents, but trucking accidents or enough car accidents that a company is willing to give the trucks a break evne if they aren't always involved.
David Wagner
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6/29/2015 | 5:36:44 PM
Re: Nice!
@hho927- Maybe. But I actually think insurance discounts are the way to go. Let's say you can prove they cut down on fatal accidents. 98% of truck accidents involve a fatality. And of course, that means large insurance payouts. If you could prove they reduce accidents the savings is huge. Then you pass on a part of the savings to truckers willing to install the system. 

there are too many variables for me to know for sure if the math works there, but that would be what I'd investigate first.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/29/2015 | 2:16:54 PM
Re: Samsung's Transparent Trucks: Clearly A New Reality
@zerox203- Well, that's why we prototype, right? To move from the simple idea to the practical reality.
David Wagner
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6/29/2015 | 2:15:33 PM
Re: Samsung Transparent Trucks
@yalanand- I doubt in reality it costs that much if the displays have a decent life cycle in the elements. My TV at home can last a decade or more. i suspect an industrialized one can last longer. How much could it cost? a couple of thousand dollars? Over the life of a decade when you are talking about a $140,000 vehicle that seems like a small amount.

I mean, I get annoyed with adding costly featurees to vehicles just to add profit margin (I hate the tablet sized entertainment centers in cars today), but for saefty, it seems like a small price to pay. Especially with billions in accident costs every year. If you reduce the accidents enough, you might pay for it in insurance costs.
David Wagner
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David Wagner,
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6/29/2015 | 2:11:07 PM
Re: update of an old idea
The other issue with these camo suit/tank ideas has to be the heat they give off, right? So much of warfare these days is conducted through sensors that aren't visual. The display won't blend in with the surrounding foliage in infrared and it will give of radiation in a lot of other bands.
David Wagner
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6/29/2015 | 2:09:14 PM
Re: efficient and effective
@sunitaTO- It is true that I think we don't really have a lot of knowledge about how long these displays can last in the elements, but I'm assumming Samsung does. I suspect they can make it work, but clealry there is a hurdle to bringing this out as a product because it is clearly a great way to sell a few million displays. I'm guessing the elements are the limiting factor.
Susan Fourtané
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6/28/2015 | 2:44:19 PM
Anything to improve safety on the road is good
David, If Samsung can do something about the fact you mentioned of one death per hour I believe that's way more important than how much the truck, or whatever thing related to it costs. UK buses have cameras and displays, and drivers don't seem to get distracted at all. I have been observing this from the front seat of those buses. In fact, I think they are useful, and a great way of having better control of what happens on the road. The view can be changed so the driver can also check what happens inside the bus behind him. The seats have safety belts as well and passengers are required and remidned to use them. -Susan
bfately914
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6/27/2015 | 11:11:11 AM
update of an old idea
I seem to recall the US Army was testing a similar concept (video feed from camera on right side of vehicle displayed on screen on left side) as a way of camouflaging tanks - this was years ago - this is a nice update of that same idea.


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