03 Apr 2012
Rüsselsheim. Opel has now increased its online rescue data sheets to include 70 different vehicle models from 1991 to the present. The newest models to be included are the Astra GTC, the Corsa LPG, the passenger version of the new Combo and the Zafira Tourer. As part of the update the Ampera data sheets have been expanded by providing the telephone numbers where technical assistance can be reached in forty different European countries. The internet data, available in 24 languages, gives rescue crews quick access to information at car accident sites. Since November 2010, Opel has been the first car maker to offer such a mobile and free of charge service for smartphones. So far there have been 220,000 international hits since the introduction of the service.
The often life-saving advantage is that vehicle-specific data can also be accessed by every conventional smartphone directly at accident sites. The smartphone portal http://opel-rescuecard.com enables rescue crews to quickly get precise information on the exact location of important components and on vehicle body construction. Just a few seconds can often make a big difference. The mobile rescue data portal is used by firefighters across Europe, but it is also accessed from the USA. Thanks to its built-in page optimization, the portal automatically adapts to every standard smartphone model. The zoom function ensures that single car parts and body sections can easily be seen on a small display.
The online rescue data portal which can also be accessed via any PC at www.ifz-berlin.de has now been made even more user-friendly by giving users instant access to all the model variants via a menu. The rescue data files can also be downloaded in the PDF format and printed out. These standardized data files, developed together by rescue services and car manufacturers, have been available online since 2009.
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