QR codes could soon be saving lives
Mercedes-Benz have announced plans to include QR codes on all of their vehicles, with these stickers providing quick information to paramedics or fire-fighters in the event of an emergency.
Scanning the code on the vehicle will take the emergency services member to a webpage containing all the necessary details on the car to allow for a quick rescue. This would include the best way to cut in to the vehicle, with the official press release stating that the location of "the airbags, battery, tanks, electric cables, high-pressure cylinders and other components" while in the case of hybrid vehicles, the location of batteries or high voltage cables would also be displayed to help prevent any further danger.
Two QR codes will be included on each vehicle, one located on the petrol tank flap and the second on the other side of the car on the pillar between the doors. Mercedes-Benz says these locations were chosen as it is rare that both of these areas would be severely damaged in the same incident. German automotive club ADAC already advises that drivers keep a 'rescue map' inside their sun visor, to be used in this way in the event of a crash.
Smartphone technology makes the roads safer
This service from Mercedes-Benz is not the first example of smartphone technology being used to help make drivers safer, with StearClear launching a drink driving prevention app late last year. As the technology used in everyday life becomes increasingly advanced, it is only natural that these innovations are used for the safety and wellbeing of common situations such as driving.
Mercedes-Benz has waived the right to patenting this invention, in the hopes that this will encourage other vehicle manufacturers to use it for free on their own products.
Tom Glass, creative director at theEword, remarked: "It is always good to see large companies such as Mercedes-Benz using new technology for the benefit of their customers, and the idea behind these QR codes sounds intriguing. Of course, these codes are not yet in operation, so only time will tell if an excellent idea turns into a life saving one".