The rescue sheet is a sheet that incorporates all the necessary technical information of a vehicle so that in case of an accident the emergency services can act quickly and safely. It has a standard format, valid for the whole of Europe, and each car model has its own
Carrying the rescue sheet or card in the car is beneficial for the rescue services and for the occupants themselves, which will allow them to act and evacuate the vehicle more quickly and safely.
Emergency services can access the rescue sheet of the vehicle through the QR code in the car and can save your life, but not all models and brands do not incorporate it, Mercedes became the pioneer in the installation of QR codes in the car so that, in case of accident, rescue tasks are facilitated. Since the end of 2013 all new Mercedes have a pair of stickers with these codes installed free of charge.
Normally, the vehicles have so-called ‘rescue sheets’ with them. In the case of Mercedes, developed by ADAC (German Automobile Association), they are kept inside the car to facilitate rescue work in the event of an accident. Now, the German brand goes a step further and becomes the first to install stickers with QR codes for the same purpose.
In this way, waiting and work times are reduced, being able to access all the information related to the vehicle quickly, easily and free of charge through a smartphone or tablet, in the case of not being able to access these rescue sheets. Mercedes installed on all its new vehicles since the end of 2013 two stickers with these QR codes: on the fuel nozzle cap, and on the B-pillar on the other side of the vehicle.
Once the QR code is accessed, the emergency services will have access to the different features of the crashed car: vehicle design, location of the airbags, fuel tank, battery, electrical cables,… This information is available in seven languages, a figure that will rise to 23 languages from February. Mercedes’ idea is to also create an ‘app’ for emergency services to access this information even more quickly.
For the sake of safety, Mercedes-Benz has decided not to register this patent, so that any manufacturer can apply the idea.
Today, technology continues to research and advance in order to reduce road accidents as well as to reduce response times. In June 2020 the great work was very interesting and within reach for all rescuers and emergency services the Euro NCAP, together with the International Association of Fire and Rescue Services (CTIF), centralized the manufacturers’ rescue sheets in a new application, ‘Euro Rescue’. The app is free to download and available for Android and iOS. It can be used both online and offline, allowing rescuers to access vehicle information even when there is little or no network coverage at the accident site.
Improving the safety of your vehicle is not just about having more airbags or better driver assistance systems. Post-collision safety plays a critical role in improving the chances of survival after a crash. The sooner they can locate a crash and gain access to the vehicle(s) involved, the more effective the medical assistance offered by first responders to the injured will be.
Here is a link to a report by motorpasión-espacio Toyota. (pclick here).