Skip to main content

Featured Post

Chocolate & Banana

Satisfy that chocolate craving with a drizzle of melted chocolate chips over banana slices for an easy treat.



Mercedes-Benz Creates QR Codes To Save Lives

A new Mercedes-Benz initiative: QR code that can save lives

The good news is that our cars are safer than they've ever been. Improvements in vehicle structure and the addition of countless safety features have led to record-low traffic fatality rates.

The bad news is that our safer cars are doing a much better job of trapping occupants during accidents. A few months ago, we told you about the new and improved Jaws of Life that have been designed to extract vehicle occupants after collisions. Now, Mercedes-Benz is working to facilitate that process, too.

Its solution: QR codes.

You probably know QR codes as the square, "quick reference" bar codes found mostly on ads in magazines. If you own a smartphone, you might even have an app that scans QR codes and pulls up additional information on various products (though there's a good chance you've never used it). 

Recently, someone at Mercedes-Benz had the very bright idea to use QR codes to relay rescue information. This eliminates the need for emergency responders to track down a vehicle's "rescue sheet", which details the location of airbags, electric cables, batteries, tanks, and other elements. Having that information at the ready speeds rescue times and ensures that no rescuers get injured in the process. 

According to a press release, as of this year, all Mercedes vehicles will carry two QR stickers, one of which will be located on the fuel tank flap, with the other found on the B-pillar on the opposite side of the vehicle. As the automaker points out, "it seldom occurs that both these parts are badly damaged at the same time in an accident, and they are furthermore easily accessible from the outside". In a rescue situation, responders can scan the QR code with a smartphone or tablet, giving them instant access to the data they need to make the rescue go as smoothly and safely as possible. 


There are many ways to use new technology to improve rescue times, but this is by far one of the smartest, simplest, and least expensive applications we've seen. Mercedes-Benz deserves credit for thinking of it, and other automakers would be wise to follow suit -- including placing their own QR codes in the same locations.

By the way: if you own a Mercedes-Benz, Smart, or other Daimler-made vehicle, you can download a rescue sheet for your own car by clicking here.  


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Popular posts from this blog

Apple iPad Pro 2018 vs Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Apple’s latest iPad Pros are a very tempting purchase, but should you stick with the tried-and-tested Surface Pro from Microsoft? We help you decide which tablet to buy.
Should I Buy The Microsoft Surface Pro 6 Or Apple iPad Pro 11in (2018)? Two very competent 2-in-1s, one running Windows 10, the other iOS 12. For many this difference alone will inform the final choice, but both are top-notch tablets. 

Oppo RX17 Pro Review

Though similar to the OnePlus 6T the Oppo RX17 Pro is very different thanks to the software. Here’s our full review
Should I Buy The Oppo RX17 Pro?
The RX17 Pro is a great looking phone with good performance and a lush display. But with a Snapdragon 710 rather than the better 845 it’s just impossible not to compare it to the OnePlus 6T which looks the same, has better software for the western market and, importantly, costs less.
If you like the look of Oppo’s interface though then there’s a lot to like. The two colour options are premium as is the build quality and the cameras are above average if not great.

Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac Review

You probably know Synology for making NAS drives but the firm has also turned its hand to mesh networks. Here we review the MR2200ac.
Should I Buy The Synology Mesh Router MR2200ac?
Synology could do a little more to explain the many features of the MR2200ac for first-time users, but the strong performance of this mesh system, and the fine-control provided by its web browser interface make it a good option for business users or home users who have a little more experience of networking technology.

LG Gram 17 Review: Hands-on

LG’s Gram 17 was on display at CES 2019 and we got our hands on the ultra-thin, ultra-light device featuring a beautiful 17-inch display
Should I Buy The LG Gram 17?
The Gram 17 is an impressive bit of kit, but it is serving more of a niche audience than it perhaps appears.
A laptop with a display any bigger than 15 is perhaps approaching a point where it struggles to be called ‘portable’ due to it’s raw size. However, if that isn’t something that bothers you, the 17-inch display is fantastic for both working and watching your favourite films or series on.
Everything else aside the Gram is a beautiful, extremely light choice of laptop that manages to pack a lot of power and utility into an incredibly slim, slick package.

Huawei P Smart 2019 Review

Huawei has updated its budget Android phone for 2019. It’s faster and better than before, but should you buy it? Read our review to find out.
Should I Buy The Huawei P Smart 2019?
The P Smart 2019 is a great upgrade from the 2018 model with a bigger screen and better performance. However, as with the original P Smart, Honor's version is better value.

Like Fan Page