Volvo launches electric truck safety app with AR technology for first responders

Volvo Group has launched an Augmented Reality (AR) safety app for electric trucks, designed specifically to support first responders in an emergency. The app is developed to deliver instant, valuable information from the truck to the emergency services team arriving on the scene to guide them in real-time and ensure safe rescue conditions.

By using a combination of connectivity, camera, sensors, 3D modeling and AR overlays, the safety app can provide first responders with a detailed view of the vehicle. It offers 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 EV’s power supply in case of an emergency.

The Emergency Response Guide app, now available for download free of charge from the Android and Apple stores, provides safety information for all Volvo Group heavy electric truck brands, including Volvo Trucks, Renault Trucks and Mack Trucks. For Mack electric trucks, the AR features will be added during June 2023.  

“We recognize the importance of ensuring the safety of first responders who are called to an emergency should an incident with an electric vehicle occur,“ said 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.”

Source: Volvo Group

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