QR codes may help save lives with new use in Mercedes-Benz cars

When you think of a QR code, you probably think of the ones in the corners of street advertisements, encouraging you to scan for more information or to download a company’s app. However car maker Daimler is rolling out a new program that isn’t strictly about making money; it’s about saving lives.

In a recent press release, the company announced that Mercedes-Benz vehicles will be outfitted with QR code stickers, which rescuers can use to get important information about a vehicle in accidents. By scanning one of the two QR codes placed inside the vehicle – one on the fuel tank flap, and one on the B-pillar on the vehicle’s opposite side – rescuers can the information they need about where it is safe to cut open a vehicle.