Volvo app helps keep EV first responders safe

by Today's Trucking

Volvo Group has developed what it claims to be the world’s first electric truck safety app with augmented reality (AR) to help first responders avoid dangers when attending to the vehicles in emergency situations.

The Emergency Response Guide app is available free of charge on the Android and Apple stores, and provides safety information for all electric Volvo Group vehicles.

Volvo EV app
(Photo: Volvo Group)

“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 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 app provides a detailed view of the vehicle and offers information on the location of high-voltage cables, battery packs, and other key components, as well as step-by-step directions on how to safely shut down the vehicle’s power supply in the event of an emergency.

“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, AR expert and business solution engineer at Volvo Group.

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