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BizReport : Mobile Marketing : May 28, 2013

Mercedes introduces QR Code rescue sheets for emergency responders

An innovative application for smartphone-scannable QR Codes has been introduced by Mercedes-Benz to help save lives from car crashes.

by Helen Leggatt

QR Codes, placed in the fuel tank flap and on a pillar, can be scanned by emergency service personnel to take them to a webpage showing how to cut into each type of vehicle to free a driver or passengers. The placements of the QR Codes were chosen because it is rare for both the fuel tank and B-pillar area to be damaged at the same time in an accident.

The QR Codes are unique to each vehicle model, ensuring rescuers get specific, accurate information on how to use rescue shears to rescue car occupants quickly.

According to Daimler's recent press release, the rescue sheet also contains information about "the location of the airbags, the battery, the tanks, electric cables, high-pressure cylinders and other components - in the case of hybrid models the location of the additional batteries and high-voltage cables, too."

Without the QR Code, first responders to vehicles damaged beyond recognition or when rescue sheets are accessible, would need to call in a car's registration plate to obtain the necessary rescue details.

Mercedes-Benz is considering retrofitting the QR Codes to older vehicles and are waiving the right to patent the innovation so that other automakers can also take advantage of it.

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Tags: automotive trends, cars, mobile, QR Code, safety, smartphone

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