Mercedes In-Car QR Codes Could Save Drivers’ Lives
Automotive brand adds info for first responders to side mirrors in the form of scannable codes.
Mercedes will begin to place QR codes onto all of their cars, which will provide all necessary information to rescue injured occupants from any model. This new QR code system will give firefighters, paramedics, and police the details they need to know to help passengers, including the location of airbags, gas tanks, and electric cables. These QR codes will be placed on the gas tank flap and another will be placed on the opposite side of the car.
This is an advancement because if a vehicle is significantly damaged, rescuers sometimes need to go as far as calling in the license plate number. This is extremely risky particularly in a context where every second matters.
The major point of concern here is that there is conflicting evidence as to how quickly people are adapting to the usage of QR codes, particularly because it is competing with other technological innovations like NFC. Mercedes’ investment in QR is a sign of their commitment to the platform, but we will need to wait and see how effective this initiative is in terms of saving lives.