To reduce consequential damage after an accident and support the work of the rescue services, a number of different actions are initiated, depending on the type and severity of the impact registered by the system:
Best possible protection: the engine can be turned off automatically and the fuel supply can be cut off.
Eye-catching lighting: hazard and emergency interior lights can activate automatically to lower the risk of accidents and help locate the car.
Automatic ventilation: if an airbag is deployed, the power windows are lowered automatically.
Easy opening: after an accident the doors are unlocked automatically to make it easier for the occupants or rescue workers to open the doors.
Measures to aid rescue: integral crash joints between the wing and the door can make opening the doors after a frontal collision easier.
Helpful connection: In the event of an accident the Mercedes-Benz emergency call system can help to speed up the arrival of the rescuers at the accident scene decisively. The data is transferred via a mobile connection provided by a communications module with its own SIM card. The emergency call is therefore independent of the readiness of a mobile phone that might have been damaged or have an empty battery.
Every second counts when it comes to occupant rescue after an accident. That's why Daimler has devised the rescue sticker, a small but effective innovation that gives emergency services immediate access to safety-relevant vehicle-specific design details at the scene of the accident. The QR code stickers are affixed to the vehicle's fuel tank cap and the B-pillar on the opposite side. They can easily be retrofitted and are part of the series specification for all new vehicles. In an emergency, rescue services personnel can scan the QR code with a smartphone or tablet PC to rapidly and reliably access the appropriate rescue card, which will assist them in their work.