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AR in Mercedes-Benz’s Rescue Assist app gives first responders an inside look

by • July 26, 2016 • No Comments

Mercedez-Benz has been putting QR codes on the B-pillars and within the fuel door of new cars since November 2013, and those have provided a way for initially responders and emergency personnel to rapidly get detailed version info of any Mercedes-Benz vehicle involved in an chance via the Rescue Assist mobile app. Now, an update brings 3D imagery, as well as augmented reality, to the existing app, letting folks involved in rescue operation get an actually advantageous overall picture of the situation when an chance takes place.

Through the new AR showcases, emergency personnel can see color-coded representations of internal components, that include key areas to be wary of when doing things like cutting through vehicles to free trapped passengers. The app can provide insight into where things like fuel lines, batteries and other electrical components are located, in order to assist reduce the risk of additional injure or injury that arises when a car needs to be unconventionally dismantled in order to save lives.

The Rescue Assist app can in addition yet provide resources that include rescue cards, that provide an overview of relevant safety info specific to every particular version (that comes with not just Mercedes-Benz consumer cars and vans, but in addition a few Fuso-branded commercial vehicles.

This is the kind of AR use case that led a lot of folks to ponder Google Glass had future as a tool in specific industry verticals, emergency response one of the many frequently cited. Baking it into an existing app for use with the smartphones that rescue personnel are most likely to have on them anyway is most likely a much advantageous application of the tech, actually if it is not hands-free.

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