Bosch crafts post-crash response app

Bangalorew, November 30 2014: Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions India (RBEI)  has  created an app  --  Smart Emergency Crash Notification (sECN) --to bring rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision.

In the event of a crash, a trigger is initiated by an airbag control unit. On receiving the trigger from the vehicle, the sECN app finds the location (latitude and longitude) of the accident and sends SMS alerts to personalized emergency contacts. The app is paired with the vehicle via Bluetooth. It is available in  English, German, Spanish.

Last week Vijay Ratnaparkhe, President and Managing Director, Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions, unveiled the key findings of the “Robert Bosch Accident Research Project.”:  

- The tremendous increase in the number of vehicles on Indian roads has also unfortunately lead to the increase number of road accidents. Perhaps we are all aware of the state of vehicle safety in India. We have the dubious distinction of the highest road fatalities globally. An alarming 142,000 lives are lost on road each year and an accident takes place every minute.

- In  2013 in India the total number of accidents with injuries is registered by Ministry of Road Transport and Highway with 486 476 out of which injured people are 494 893 and fatalities are 137 572. 29% of fatalities are users of two wheelers which constitute the highest & 17% of the fatalities are occupants of passenger cars which constitute the second highest contributor for fatal accidents in India

- India accounts for 10% of the global road crash fatalities as we are yet to adopt a system of scientific investigation and analysis of road crashes. Therefore traffic safety became very important in India. In order to understand the root causes of accidents data is needed in more detail which could be analyzed and points out the major issues to look at. Besides vehicle safety, Infrastructure related issues and education skills can be derived out of accident data.