New Mercedes-Benz models to get QR codes in order to assist rescuers in safely removing victims from accident-damaged vehicles

Mercedes-Benz will start adding QR codes to its cars in order to help make rescuing accident victims faster and safer.

The codes, which can be scanned by smartphones and tablets, will allow devices to display a 'rescue map' for every vehicle type.

Mercedes' new innovation makes use of the rescue sheets developed by ADAC – the German Automobile Assocation – and those rescue sheets already provided by automotive manufacturers.

The sheets reveal to police, firefighters and paramedics the design details they need in order to extricate a victim from a crashed vehicle quickly and safely.

For example, the rescue sheet shows the location of high-strength materials that could prove difficult to cut with rescue shears. It also informs rescuers about the location of airbags, batteries, energy recovery systems and electric cables.

In the case of hybrid or electric vehicles, it additionally displays the location of any additional batteries, high-voltage cables or electronic control systems.

All services have access to this information already, but where it may help is in accelerating the identification of the damaged vehicle. If the registration plate or model designations aren't visible, it could take time to work out what the vehicle is.

However, this idea from Mercedes-Benz offers a quick way to reliably identify the car in question. It will further reduce the chances of injury to rescuers by helping them to avoid cutting into pyrotechnic, high pressure or high-voltage devices. 

All new Mercedes, built from this year onwards, will receive two QR code stickers, one in the fuel filler flap and one on the opposite B-pillar. The locations should ensure that one sticker remains undamaged, while both are easily accessible from outside.

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The QR code stickers could be easily and inexpensively retrofitted to any car. Mercedes has consequently waived the right to a patent registration in order to make the system available to other manufacturers.

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30 May 2013

If a car has gone on it's side so that the B post with the sticker on is at the bottom, I'm not sure I'd want to open the fuel filler cap to read the other one in case fuel is leaking out the tank.

31 May 2013

If fuel is already leaking I don't see how there could be any extra danger in opening the fuel filler cap - it would be more likely to leak out broken fuel lines or a damaged fuel tank wouldn't it?

31 May 2013

The QR code stickers could be easily and inexpensively retrofitted to any car. All manufacturers can accept the idea of Mercedes! it saves many lives. In such circumstances, every second counts. Thank you. I think it will find understanding from other car manufacturers.

I love cars, love avtocar

31 May 2013

This is a fantastic idea - so simple yet so powerful.

Benz have long been innovators in the field of safety and have a long history of waiving patent rights so that their safety inventions can be used in any car from any manufacturer.




31 May 2013

The obese already burden the NHS at my expense, now my taxes are also going towards the care of Mercedes owners sucessfully extracted from their own accidents! Im going to write a letter to Gordon Brown!

Andy Pasti

31 May 2013

i agree with peter


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