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vnewman2
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6/29/2015 | 8:14:55 PM
Re: transparency
I have two rules with regard to driving:

1. Never drive behind a bus or truck

2. If you see a bus or a truck ahead of you, get into the other lane.

Maybe I can start breaking these rules with this technology...
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.
mak63
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6/29/2015 | 6:32:23 PM
South America
The other day was an article about Bolivia and the RFID chips in windshields. Now this from Argentina. Way to go South America!
@David: Will what essentially amounts to a TV on a truck become a "show" rather than a safety device?
That thought ocurred to me. But I think the drivers (and passengers) behind the rig will get bored pretty fast and pass the damn truck. Don't you think?
hho927
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6/29/2015 | 6:04:19 PM
Re: Nice!
This benefits whoever tries to pass the truck. So likely trucking companies won't get much discount.

Some trucks take 2 or more lanes to turn. Some car drivers see empty lanes and take them. Truck drivers don't notice the sneakers while turning. Bam! The truck runs over car. I saw a few.

It would be nice if somebody come up with something to prevent that.

But then nothing can prevent stuidity and ignorance.
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.
asksqn
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6/29/2015 | 5:44:02 PM
Questionable At Best
I don't see trucking cos. voluntarily spending the extra jack for this feature unless it buys them some kind of reduction in vehicle insurance premiums, and, even then, it's hard to predict how seeing through an obstruction will translate into any quantifiable reduction in accidents.
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.
hho927
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6/29/2015 | 4:36:39 PM
Nice!
It's nice but trucking companies are not going to pay extra $ for the cameras, tv & maintenance.

So now we make it into law (to force trucking companies)?
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.
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