Mercedes Benz is planning to have QR codes on their vehicles to enable rescue workers with better information about vehicle schematics. The black-and-white square barcodes are designed to help firefighters and paramedics get critical information needed to save car crash victims. The QR codes direct smartphones to a webpage showing how to cut into each type of vehicle to free its passengers. Press release here
This feature is supposed to go live somewhere in 2015. Although it’s a great initiative and would help save precious lives, i believe Mercedes could have looked at this in a much larger way. We are already on our way to become a networked society. In 2 years from now, more and more devices will have connected; smartphone and mobile broadband would have further penetrated. Imaging rescue workers getting critical access to car inmates. Access to life saving information like blood type, know diseases, allergies etc etc. This information together with details like address, next of kin, photographs to identify car occupants etc will make a huge impact on this initiative.
Cars like Mercedes already have loads of sensors that detect a crash and hosts of other information. One of these sensors could activate a bluetooth or NFC transmitter that would readily make available this information to rescue workers.
ICT players like E/// could make this service part of their connected vehicle cloud. When an accident takes place, sensors trigger this information release to the cloud. Different parties could have access to this information. Rescue workers could get information about crash, crash site, severity of impact, no of occupants, details about occupants (as described above). Family/relatives could get an alert about the same so that they are able to ensure that rescue works are on their way…
Connected vehicle is a fascinating area and ripe for innovation. Most car manufacturers develop cars with lots of sensors, all that needs to be done is to harness the data generated and make use of it.
Disclamer: I am working with E/// at present. The views presented above are my own and may or may not represent E/// vision of network society and connected vehicle cloud.