Mercedes add QR Codes to save Car Crash victims
May 28, 2013
Mercedes are adding QR codes to save victims of car crashes. Daimler is to be pasting QR (Quick Response) code stickers onto it's Mercedes cars. The square barcodes have been designed to help paramedics and firefighters get information that could be critical in saving victims of car crashes. The QR codes actually direct smartphones to a webpage which would show how to cut into each type of car to free the passengers. The firm also said that it has waived the right to patent this new innovation, so that other manufacturers were able to use it free of charge. 

Until these codes, Daimler said that if a vehicle was so damaged beyond recognition then workers in the emergency services may have to call in the cars registration plate to be able to obtain the correct information. A press release for the company explained that the code informs about the location of the battry, the electric cables, the tanks, the high pressure cylinders, the airbags and other components of the vehicle. Also in the case of hybrid vehicles the location of high voltage cables and additional batteries will also be available. This information could truly save lives as in an emergency every single second and action counts, so saving valuable time could really save lives. 

This particular idea actually builds on an existing campaign by the German automobile club Adac, which encourages drivers to keep a sheet of paper in the vehicle that has a rescue map on it, containing all of this useful information, inside the sun visor of their vehicle. 

Mercedes have said that one QR code would be stuck onto the inside surface of each's vehicles petrol tank flap and another would be stuck onto the pillar that is built between the two doors on the other side of the car, this is because it is rare that both areas would be badly damaged in an accident. 

This is actually not the first time that information such as this has been offered in digital form. Field Applications, Moditech and Extraction Zones are among some of the companies that already offer apps that provide a range of vehicle schematics to help the emergency services. Though the advantage of a QR code is that a rescue worker wouldn't have to match a vehicle to the correct diagram in the app's library. 
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Even so, this new innovation from Daimler threatens to be superseded before the end of the decade, by another technology. The European Commission is helping to fund the development of eCall, which is an initiative which suggests that vehicles carry a device that calls an emergency number automatically in the event of a serious accident. It would then send details of the location of the vehicle, the design and other relevant information, even if the driver had become unconscious. 

Officials are aiming to begin testing the innovation in 2015. 

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