Daimler Mercedes-Benz to add Quick Response (QR) codes to save victims of car accidents. The QR codes with black and white barcodes are designed to help paramedics and firefighters get important information about victims during a car crash. The QR codes will direct smartphones to a webpage with information on how to cut into a type of vehicle to rescue passengers stuck in a car accident.
Innovative and life saving, Daimler has announced it has waived the right to patent the innovation so that others can use it for free. A press release said, "[It] informs 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." "This information can save lives, because in an emergency every action counts and every second is precious."
The novel idea is built on an existing campaign by Adac – a German automotive club, to encourage drivers to keep an A4 sheet of paper with “rescue map” inside their sunvisor. Mercedes-Benz will stick one QR codes on the inside of petrol tank flap and the other on the car’s pillar built between the two doors. This will help rescue team to fetch critical information during a car crash, as it is rare that both sides of a car got badly damaged in an accident.
Another innovative safety feature is introduced by the European Commission – eCall, an initiative where the car carries a device which calls an emergency number with details of the car - accident location, design, and critical information of the driver, during a crash when the driver remains unconscious.