During emergency situations when a passenger is trapped inside a vehicle, every second counts in making a safe rescue. With a lot of car models out in the market today it is often times difficult for rescuers to determine the fastest way to open up a wrecked vehicle. Mercedes Benz plans to make this easier by planning to include QR codes in vehicles coming out this year and beyond.
The automaker says that the symbols will be placed inside the fuel door and on the opposite side of the B-pillar. Rescuers just need a smartphone to scan the codes to get the schematics of the vehicle which will provide information on where to cut into a wrecked vehicle to safely get the passenger out.
The system makes use of existing rescue sheets that are developed by the ADAC, the German Automobile Association, and is already provided in each of their models. The information on the sheets shows firemen, police, and other rescue personnel the design details of a particular car model. Information such as airbag location, battery, tanks, electric cables, cylinders, and other components are included. These sheets are usually carried by the passengers in the cars but in most cases they are not available and rescuers will have to do their best to without the information.
In cases where the rescue sheet is not present then rescuers will first have to identify the model of the vehicle. This does not however provide accurate results especially if the vehicle is in a total wreck.
The innovation of Mercedes Benz aims to eliminate all these issues and provide accurate information to rescuers even without any action on the driver’s part. Starting this year the company will provide two QR code stickers to new models.
In a press release of the company they said that “The Mercedes-Benz QR codes identify the vehicle reliably, make fundamental information about the vehicle visible immediately and automatically direct to the website with the specific rescue sheet – generally a matter of only a few seconds. In order to make it easy to find the label with the potentially lifesaving QR code, Mercedes-Benz places one on the fuel tank flap and the other on the B-pillar on the opposite vehicle side. For it seldom occurs that both these parts are badly damaged at the same time in an accident, and they are furthermore easily accessible from the outside.”