A car manufacturer is developing technology where its vehicles will send emergency services information about injuries sustained in road traffic accidents – within SEVEN SECONDS of impact.
Hyundai has teamed up with MDGo, which specialises in medical artificial intelligence systems, to work on the pioneering new safety feature which could slash ambulance response times.
Using sensors in the car and AI technology, Hyundai will be able to send emergency services a detailed analysis of potential injuries, communicated through medical terms, almost instantly after the crash.
This is thanks to the technology which interprets accident data and compiles numerous sets of insights regarding the occupants and the vehicle.
Hyundai hopes the tech will give emergency services the chance to assess the required scale of response and deploy appropriately skilled medical personnel before arriving at the scene of an accident.
Youngcho Chi, president and chief innovation officer at Hyundai Motor Group, said: “MDGo possesses exceptional AI analysis technology optimised for driver safety
“Through this technology, we expect a significant improvement in the emergency medical services of vehicles in the short-term, while our long-term goal is to provide innovations in passenger experience of vehicle safety utilising new technology that enable real-time physical monitoring.
The new partnership will also help Hyundai enhance the active and passive safety capabilities of its vehicles.
Big data gathered from detailed, intelligent analysis of multiple accident scenarios will inform engineers how to bolster crash structures and integrate new technologies to overcome issues identified by the AI analysis.
The AI system continually learns and refines its interpretation of different accident scenarios.
This process of ‘iterative enhancement’ is facilitated by hospitals inputting real data on patients’ injuries, which the system compares to its prediction to further refine its analysis.
Itay Bengad, chief executive officer at MDGo, said: “We are excited to partner with one of the world’s leading car manufacturers to bridge the gap between vehicle and medical.
“Hyundai shares our vision to provide life-saving services by utilising the constantly growing stream of vehicle data to improve passenger safety.”
Almost 1,800 people died in road traffic accidents in Great Britain in 2017, according to figures from the Department for Transport, with 44 per cent of those killed travelling in cars.
Around 170,000 suffered injuries over the same period.
It follows the manufacturer’s development of the world’s first multi-collision airbag system, plus an innovative technology that assists hearing-impaired drivers.
Earlier this year, Hyundai unveiled its ‘Elevate’ concept, the first-ever vehicle with moveable legs, designed to allow emergency services to cross hazardous terrain to reach victims of natural disasters.