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mandatory LCD's on SUVs
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Make it mandatory for a daylight visible LCD to be placed on the back of SUV's, buses and trucks, mounted high enough (and on the right or left defending on which continent) for drivers in cars behind them to see clearly. This would display the view from a camera mounted on the front of said mammoth vehicle, This would give drivers a view of road conditions ahead, for example, allowing you to know that they are stopped in the middle of the road, just because they can, and not because there is a line of traffic in front.

I am aware that there are people who are so hooked on their PC's/TV's that they would spend the entire time watching the display, thus causing more accidents...

senatorjam, Jul 17 2002

car indicators http://bz.pair.com/fun/indicators.html
bristolz visual take on the whole topic. [st3f, Jul 17 2002, last modified Oct 04 2004]

(?) RAS Syndrome Redundant Acronym Syndrome.... syndrome
http://www.google.com.au/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAS_syndrome [BunsenHoneydew, Aug 11 2005]

Samsung creates "transparent" truck http://www.gizmag.c...3a71895c63-90050970
When driving behind big semi-trailers, people regularly take risks overtaking them because they often have to first move out from behind the truck to see if the road ahead is clear before passing. This is particularly dangerous on single-lane highways because such a maneuver can mean driving into the path of oncoming traffic. Now Samsung Electronics has come up with a way to help reduce this problem by mounting cameras on the front of a truck and large screens on the rear to display to following drivers a clear view of the road ahead. [senatorjam, Jun 22 2015]


       "LCD display"? <sigh>
DRstrathmore, Jul 17 2002

       During extended stops, especially sadistic SUV drivers could taunt the people behind them by playing videos of an unattainable paradise just ahead.
hob, Jul 17 2002

DrCurry, Jul 17 2002

       I realise that LCD displays in the back of vehicles have become quite mundane.... but this proposes to be independent of the occupants of the vehicle, think of it as a "hole" through the SUV
senatorjam, Jul 17 2002

       With so many SUVs on the roads, in some countries, you would see "through" to the next SUV, "through" to the next, "through"...
FarmerJohn, Jul 17 2002

       Better: Each vehicle has a forward-looking video camera mounted in the centre of the windscreen. It transmits its picture on the 2.4 Ghz ISM band, at low power - maybe a 1 km line of sight range. The transmitters "hop" to find free channels to avoid interference. Each car has a reciever linked to decent-sized LCD displays mounted in the sunvisors, then either the driver or passenger can "channel surf" to watch the road far ahead of their current position. Or they can inspect the back of their own car i.e. to check their mountian bikes on the rear carrier haven't worked loose.
8th of 7, Jul 17 2002

       <sarcasm>Excellent. With 8th's annotation we can have bluetooth and rear facing LCD displays in the same idea.</sarcasm>   

       None-the-less the idea does address a genuine need -- that large, opaque vehicles need more room behind them because you can't read the traffic ahead -- Maybe we just need a 'what should go on the back of the car' idea and nail this once and for all.   

       <obligatory>bristolz link</obligatory>
st3f, Jul 17 2002

       I'm wondering whether any idea which has 'SUV' and 'mandatory' in it should be automatically deleted. It's usually a thinly-disguised rant, rehashing the same old stuff.
angel, Jul 17 2002

       This type of idea comes up so frequenty, in one variation or another and from different contributors, that I think it's more an expression of a genuinely percieved need than an actual rant. A lot of drivers seem to want a way of seeing past large vehicles on the road ahead, and there's nothing wrong with that ... yes, it may be a veiled rant against the drivers of larger vehicles but surely the suggestions would be more of the "punish all people who ..." type.   

       I think the the ideas that rely on the large-vbehicle driver fitting some equipment (LCD screens, cameras, transmitters) are way out, because it's expense for no benefit to the vehicle owner. The only thing with a chance of success is something along the lines of the "periscope" ideas (camera-on-a-stick). Are we quite sure no-one has started making these things yet ?
8th of 7, Jul 17 2002

       Senator, if you insist on saying "LCD display," I'm going to have to ask you to start saying "SUV vehicle" as well. Be consistent!
waugsqueke, Jul 17 2002

       That's only in the US states, in the EU union it's on the RAM memory or a CD-ROM memory disk.
FarmerJohn, Jul 17 2002

       Only at the ATM machine.
waugsqueke, Jul 17 2002

       You could yet leapfrog that penultimate one, bliss.
-alx, Jul 17 2002

       SOMEONE has taken my roll of tape from my desk and not returned it ..... <glares suspiciously at Blissmiss's roll of tape, looking for distinguishing marks>   

       st3f: Just because it's on the ISM band doesn't mean it has to be Bluetooth .... I deliberately didn't suggest Bluetooth or 802.11 because that's not what they're for. I was envisaging a simple single-channel FM modulation of the video onto a 2.4Ghz carrier with narrow chanels and collision avoidance technology in the transciever units, maybe a bit like the CTCSS system used in PMR446 ... so there.
8th of 7, Jul 17 2002

       Point duly noted...LCD ....Idea marked for deletion
senatorjam, Jul 17 2002

       a pastry for almost anything that increases the cost of SUV's & therefore hopefully results in less of them....
mymus, Jul 17 2002

       This thread is severely afflicted by RAS syndrome
BunsenHoneydew, Aug 11 2005

       If the roads were hideously blocked and there was a continuous queue of traffic from right outside your front door to your destination, you'd be taunted with a grainy image of your far-off, sunny destination on the back of the car in front of you (fed back through the miles of cars ahead) while you sat, grim-faced in the rain, waiting for the traffic to move...
hippo, Oct 02 2007

       My personal hateurite* is VDU. Is there some kind of display that is not visual and is not a unit? Is a newspaper a VDU? What about that clueless expression on your face is that an f'ing VDU, eh?   

       * I wanted an antonym to 'favourite' without saying 'pet hate'. I think 'hateurite' sums it up quite well as it also has the advantage of sounding French.
marklar, Oct 02 2007


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