Mercedes using QR codes is no accident

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German motor manufacturer, Mercedes Benz, is to start using QR codes on its cars, to aid emergency workers responding to accidents.

QR codes might be the laughing stock of the tech world, but there’s no denying that the digital tattoos store a lot of information in a self-redundant little square. Mercedes aims to use QR codes on its cars so that firefighters, paramedics, and police can instantly pull up schematics for the cars for pneumatic cutters (jaws of life) to be safely used. Firefighters often train, with cars provided by manufacturers, to see how and where a car can be safely cut without rupturing electrical cables, airbags, or running into problems on reinforced crash structures.

As Autoblog reports, rescuers currently have to use printed sheets for specific models. With smartphones becoming more prevalent, and 3G access covering the whole country, it could be a simple solution for saving lives in time,


Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.