Vehicle Safety and Driver Assist Technologies
One method of assisting emergency responders to reach the scene of a vehicle crash quickly is through in-vehicle emergency call systems, also called post-crash notification. These systems can help occupants to summon assistance in an urgent situation.
SYNC® is Ford’s in-car connectivity system that provides a way for drivers to use cell phones and MP3 players through voice commands while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. SYNC-equipped vehicles in the U.S., Europe and other regions of the world come with an occupant communications capability called SYNC 911 Assist (in the U.S.) or Emergency Assistance (in Europe, China, India and Australia). This is a nonsubscription call-for-help system. In the event of a severe crash, the ability to directly contact the local emergency operator could be critical, for both the vehicle occupants and first responders. While any cell phone alone could be used in an emergency situation, SYNC can assist in placing a call to an emergency operator and provide GPS location information to help locate the vehicle. SYNC places an emergency call if an airbag is deployed or the fuel pump shutoff is activated as a result of an accident – when a phone is turned on, previously paired via Bluetooth and properly connected to SYNC. SYNC gives the occupants a choice as to whether or not to make the emergency call, and places the call if the occupant does not respond after a short time. Using SYNC’s voice capabilities, Emergency Assistance alerts emergency service providers in the correct local language.
The SOS-Post Crash Alert System™, which is standard equipment on most Ford and Lincoln vehicles, is another advance in post-crash safety technology. The SOS-Post Crash Alert System automatically sounds the horn (except in Europe where horn activation is not allowed) and activates the emergency flashers in the event of an air bag deployment or safety belt pre-tensioner activation. In addition, the vehicle doors automatically unlock subsequent to an air bag deployment or safety belt pretensioner activation, to aid in rescue. The system is designed to alert passersby and first responders to the vehicle’s location.
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