Mercedes & the QR Code for Safety
Following on yesterday’s discussion of safety, here’s something that Mercedes-Benz has developed that is beneficial, credible, useful, and au courtant. It is providing QR code stickers that provides specific vehicle information for first responders.
In the event of an accident, the QR sticker code, which is fixed to the fuel filler flap on one side of a car and to the B-pillar of the other side, provides comprehensive information about the specific model, such as the location of the airbags, battery, and fuel tank—which is good to know when deploying hydraulic cutters on a car.
(Why on the B-pillar and fuel filler flap? Because accident investigators have determined that they provide (1) ready access and (2) both are rarely seriously damaged in an accident.)
While the QR code can be read by a smartphone or tablet with Internet access right now, Mercedes is developing an app that will allow the code to be read without an Internet connection; this is to be ready by the end of June.
Notably, Mercedes has waived its right to patent this technology, so it is available to all OEMs.
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