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Mercedes –Benz vehicles are due to be fitted with QR (Quick Response) code stickers in order to assist fire-fighters and paramedics.

The QR codes ate designed to assist emergency services in order to gain critical information regarding the schematics of the vehicles. The code will direct smartphones to a webpage showing how to cut into each type of vehicle to free its passengers. Until now if a vehicle if damaged beyond recognition, emergency workers have to call in its registration plate to obtain the necessary details. It provides information about the location of the airbags, the battery, the tanks, electric cables, high pressure cylinders and various other components. During an emergency this information could be vital and will help to save lives.

Mercedes intend to stick QR codes onto the inside surface of every vehicle’s petrol tank flap and another on to the pillar built between the two doors on the car’s other side, since it is rare that both areas are badly damaged in an accident. QR code offers the advantage that the rescue worker would not have to match a vehicle to the relevant diagram in the app’s library.

The firm said it had waived the right to patent the innovation so that others could use it free of charge. The European Commission is helping fund development of eCall – an initiative which proposes that vehicles carry a device that calls an emergency number in the case of a serious accident. It would send details of the car’s location, design and other relevant information even if the driver fell unconscious.

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