Volvo released an augmented reality safety app for its electric trucks that is designed to help first responders in an emergency.
Electric trucks include high voltage systems that require their own set of safety parameters and routines. This app will support emergency services on the scene by delivering real-time information to ensure safe rescue conditions.
"Volvo Group's overall ambition is to deliver 100% safe products. We are proud to be at the forefront of the electric truck revolution with high-performing solutions, but we also recognize the importance of ensuring the safety of first responders who are called to an emergency should an incident with an electric vehicle occur," says Lars Stenqvist, chief technology officer at Volvo Group. "The new AR app is a powerful tool that can support the emergency services to quickly and safely secure the site, while minimizing the risk of injury to themselves and others."
The Emergency Response Guide app is now available free for Apple and Android devices. It provides safety information for all Volvo Group heavy electric trucks, including Volvo, Renault and Mack models. AR features for Mack trucks will be live next month.
The app uses a combination of truck connectivity, cameras, sensors, 3D modeling and AR overlays to deliver information on the location of high-voltage cables, battery packs and other key components as well as step-by-step instructions on how to safely shut down the electric vehicle's power supply in case of an emergency. It also contains all of the safety documentation relating to the electric truck.
"The safety app has been tested in a variety of real-world scenarios and has received positive feedback from first responders who have tried it in the field," says Vincent Barnoux, business solutions engineer at Volvo.