LIVE-SAVING STICKERS: Mercedes' Rescue Assist enables rescue workers to scan QR codes on the fuel cap's inner lid (pictured here) and doors with a smartphone (inset) to access vital vehicle information. Image: Mercedes-Benz
LONDON, England - Mercedes-Benz has created an incredibly simple and effective way of cutting the time it takes to extract occupants of a vehicle at the scene of a crash – Quick Response (QR) stickers.
Called Rescue Assist, the QR stickers are part of a programme being introduced by the automaker in the UK for the first time.
Mounted on the inside of the fuel filler cap and on the opposing door aperture, the QR are designed to be read by any smartphone or tablet.
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Contained within is key information needed by emergency services to safely and efficiently extract occupants.
According to the automaker: "The information – covering everything from the make, model and specifications of the car as well as the location of any high voltage power cables in the case of Hybrid vehicles and the associated safety systems – can be accessed far more efficiently through a QR code reader than through the current process, which involves consulting a database and locating the exact model of car."
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"On average the QR codes save around two minutes at the point at which the emergency services first arrive on the scene."
Craig Flannery, learning and development manager at the UK Fire Service College, commented: "We’d like to be in a position where all cars have QR Codes, simply because it’s going to reduce the amount of time taken to extricate the casualty, which in turn is going to improve survival rates."
The QR codes are equipped on new Mercedes-Benz models and can be retrofitted to "any model built from 1990 onwards".
It’s hoped the technology will be adopted by other automakers, with Mercedes-Benz waiving the patent on the QR code stickers to encourage this process.