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New technology could make passing trucks easier for drivers

Pulling out into the path of approaching traffic to pass a large truck is often a nerve-wracking experience for Florida drivers. A considerable amount of road must be covered to complete the maneuver, and the shape and size of semi-tractor trailers makes it difficult for motorists to see oncoming traffic. The electronics firm Samsung decided to tackle this problem, and engineers with the Korean company have developed a system that allows drivers to see the road ahead of a truck.

A tractor-trailer equipped with the Samsung system allows drivers to see the road ahead on a group of screens that are mounted on the rear of the truck. The screens receive images streamed from a camera located on the front of the truck. Samsung says that testing in Argentina has shown that the system is effective at reducing truck accidents. The electronics company chose to test its system in the South American country because of its large number of two-lane roads and high frequency of passing-related accidents.

Critics have dismissed the new technology as a publicity stunt, and they say that video screens mounted on moving vehicles would lead to a surge in distracted driving. Observers also point out that Samsung may have a difficult time convincing U.S. regulators that the system would make the nation's roads safer. However, proponents of the system say that self-driving cars were once widely criticized, but they are now seen by many as the future of road travel.

Any technology that could improve road safety should at least be considered, but there is little that electronic systems can do to prevent accidents caused by distracted, fatigued or reckless truck drivers. Those injured in truck accidents often suffer debilitating injuries, and a personal injury attorney may file a lawsuit on their behalf when the accident was caused by the negligent behavior of another driver.

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