August 1, 2002
GM’s Onstar to offer improved automatic crash notification
Washington, D.C. – In an effort to help 911 centres dispatch the appropriate life-saving staff and equipment to crash scenes faster, General Motors will begin adding an advanced automatic crash notification (AACN) system to 2003 vehicles equipped with OnStar, the first automaker to do so.
Currently, OnStar, an embedded in-vehicle safety and security communications system, is automatically notified within seconds when a subscriber’s air bag deploys. The next-generation GM automatic crash notification system linked with OnStar will assist even more customers by taking this potentially life-saving service beyond air bag deployments. Using a collection of strategically located sensors, the GM AACN system will automatically call for help if the vehicle is involved in a moderate to severe frontal, rear or side-impact crash, regardless of air bag deployment. Also, the new system provides crash severity information to OnStar call centre advisors, who relay it to 911 dispatchers, helping them to quickly determine the appropriate combination of emergency personnel, equipment and medical facilities needed.
“With the new technology of this enhanced GM crash notification system, we have a tremendous opportunity to save more lives,” said Robert C. Lange, GM executive director of vehicle safety. “AACN will assist emergency personnel in determining crash severity in those precious minutes following a crash, and help get the right people to the scene faster.”
“The wonder of AACN technology is that it will give us more crash information than ever before,” said Dr. Rick Hunt, M.D., president of the National Association of EMS Physicians and professor and chair of emergency medicine at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, N.Y. “..a high-tech crash