Mercedes-Benz uses QR codes to save lives

A car crash can be a frightening episode with every second counting as rescuers try to cut driver and passengers out of the stricken vehicle. It’s also hazardous for the rescuers because a saw cutting through a battery or a fuel tank means risking electrocution, fire or even explosion. Rescue sheets are simple schematic diagrams of various model cars from different years. These sheets are designed to point out the best places to cut. They are a simple and obvious solution, but there’s still a problem. Where to put the rescue sheet in the car? 

Mercedes-Benz’s solution is to place QR codes on its new cars, so that rescue crews can use their smartphones or tablets to instantly retrieve information on how to make a speedy and safe recovery. Two stickers will be placed on the cars. One under the fuel tank flap and the other on the B-pillar on the opposite side. The reasoning is that it’s unlikely that both of these spots will be damaged. 

Since Mercedes-Benz has made rescue sheets for all its cars going back to 1971, similar QR stickers can be retrofitted to older vehicles. Furthermore, Mercedes-Benz has waived patent rights for the idea, so other car makers can make their own stickers for their own vehicles.

Source: gizmag.comAdded: 31 May 2013