There is rather a lot of debate at the moment about the influence of technology on our lives. Often opinions on this hot issue are polarised into 2 distinct schools of thought; those who believe technological advancement is improving the quality of our lives, and those who believe it is detracting from it.
However there is one thing on which most people are united; if used properly, and responsibly, technological advancement has the potential to do great things, and indeed even make the world a better place.
We were really interested to learn recently, of a rather clever initiative created by the people at Samsung, which is aiming to reduce the number of road deaths which occur as a result of drivers overtaking other vehicles.
The so called ‘Safety Trucks’ have been fitted with a wireless camera at the front and four large screens at the back, which display to drivers the road in front of the truck, allowing them to assess whether it is safe to overtake or not.
Effectively Samsung are using modern technology to make their trucks transparent!
Check out the video below which demonstrates really well how this system would work in a country like Argentina, which has one of the worst rates of traffic fatalities in the world with an average of 1 person being killed every hour on the country’s roads.
Now, obviously we cannot say for certain whether Samsung's efforts will have any impact at all on the number of road accidents taking place, but they certainly have given some interesting pause for thought.
Mi-IDEA Manchester Networking Event
27th Sep 2016
The teams from CISCO and Manchester Science Partnerships have teamed up to create Mi-IDEA, a post-accelerator designed to foster and nurture digital innovation in the North West of England.