SAMSUNG SAFETY TRUCK
Ok, some big news in highway safety could be coming down the road in the near future via a semi truck. Or more specifically, Samsung’s Safety Truck. The company’s developed a semi that you can virtually see through thanks to giant flat-screen TV panels in the back that show real-time video of the road ahead.
The truck’s technology works like this. It has a wireless camera mounted on the grill that streams live video to four large screens on the back. It creates on big view of the road ahead so the driver behind the truck can see what the truck driver is seeing. The whole idea is to prevent accidents, say for instance when drivers are looking for room to go around trucks on two-lane roads.
Samsung developed and tested its prototype in Argentina, where traffic accident rates are among the highest in the world. The prototype is no longer on the road and will have to go through further tests, approvals and permitting before it can officially be put to use. To that end, Samsung is working with safe-driving NGOs and the Argentinian government.
2016 CHEVY CAMARO CONVERTIBLE
Chevy’s just taken the top off its all-new 2016 Camaro.
A month after revealing the sixth-generation muscle car in Detroit, the automaker is now showing off the redesigned convertible version. The automaker says it offers the segment’s first, fully automatic, stowed roof with latches that automatically release and secure the top. (Conventional, semi-automatic soft tops on the current Camaro and Mustang operate only when the vehicle is stationary and require some manual muscle to decouple from the roof.) You can also open and close the top while traveling at up to speeds of 30 mph, plus use a key fob to open it remotely.
In the looks department, the biggest thing to note about the Camaro convertible is that it now gets a hard tonneau cover that deploys automatically over the folded roof. So everything just looks, shall we say, cleaner.
“With many convertibles, you have to affix a tonneau cover manually – if it’s done at all,” said Tom Peters, design director. “The Camaro convertible’s automatically deploying hard tonneau not only makes it easier to enjoy convertible driving when the inspiration hits, it ensures the car always looks its best.”
The new Camaro convertible arrives in early 2016. Both the coupe and convertible will be built at General Motors’ Lansing Grand River assembly plant.