QR codes are commonly used for marketing reasons. However, Mercedes, with its drive to provide more protection to the drivers and passengers of its autos, has taken the initiative to equip its latest cars with it.
Daimler has revealed its plan to integrate QR codes in Mercedes and Smart models released all the way to 1990 as well. The codes will be offered under retro-fit options. In many cases, it will be given free of charge in Mercedes and Smart centers.
Importance of QR Codes in Cars
Since time is of the essence in emergency events involving cars, the QR codes of Mercedes aim to provide first responders at accidents an easy way to assess the situation. All they have to do is scan the embedded codes of the car using their Smartphones.
With a quick scan, all the technical details and safety information of the car that are crucial in assessing the situation will be revealed to the responder.
According to The Christian Science Monitor, the QR codes can be scanned from the fuel filler flap or on the car’s B-pillar. The codes were placed there because the two areas are the most suitable and accessible areas based on studies conducted by accident investigators. In addition, it is only in rare cases wherein the two areas are seriously damaged in times of accidents said the report.
The QR codes of Mercedes are standard in all vehicles released at the end of 2013. Daimler will also be equipping its Smart Fortwo models with the same codes starting this month.