New smartphone app makes electric car crash rescues safer

Rodolfo Schellin

A new smartphone application by crash-check physique Euro NCAP aims to make car incidents safer for emergency providers and first responders by alerting them to the area of significant-voltage batteries and wires – key parts in electric cars that pose considerable risks if reduce improperly or harmed.

Vehicle makers are by now obliged to make ‘rescue sheets’ for their vehicles, indicating the place firefighters should reduce them if they will need to remove a car’s roof, for case in point.

From this 12 months, Euro NCAP is awarding details in its crash exams centered on regardless of whether or not this information and facts is “readily available”, a reaction to the simple fact that as cars turn into additional sophisticated, “knowing the place it is safe and sound to reduce a car should extrication be essential is increasingly challenging”.

The new smartphone application – dubbed Euro Rescue – goes some way to building everyday living less complicated for emergency providers by accumulating these rescue sheets with each other in 1 useful resource, which can be accessed both on and offline. As properly as telling hearth crews the place significant-voltage EV parts are, the application informs them the place airbags, and seatbelt pretensioners are located on all cars, crucial information and facts supplied these safety capabilities have explosive supplies.

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The application is accessible to down load for totally free for Android and Apple smartphones, and has been produced in conjunction with the Intercontinental Association of Fire & Rescue Solutions. It is originally accessible in English, French, German and Spanish, with all European languages being protected from 2023.

Pierre Castaing, President of Euro NCAP mentioned: “This Euro Rescue application, the final result of joint do the job involving manufacturers, hearth and rescue providers and Euro NCAP, is the first obvious final result of the development that can be designed in conditions of tertiary safety some others are to occur.”

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