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OnStar Injury Prediction System Proving Accurate

Researchers find advance alerts can help save lives.

by on Jun.11, 2015

Image from OnStar shows emergency first responders arriving at a crash scene.

When a 911 call comes in, there’s usually little first responders know beyond the fact that there’s been a car crash. But rescue crews are getting a critical leg up with the assistance of OnStar, which has been testing an algorithm designed to predict the type and severity of injuries crash victims may have suffered.

And a new study by the University of Michigan’s International Center for Automotive Medicine, or ICAM, indicates that the GM telematics unit’s Injury Prediction Service is proving to be an accurate indicator of what first responders will find – in the process making it possible to save more lives and more rapidly deal with injuries.

Automotive Insight!

“With this data, we are able to much more accurately predict which people might be in this critical subset (requiring immediate emergency care) so that the proper resources can be deployed to rescue them and transport them to the right level of care,” said the study’s leader Dr. Stewart Wang.


Gibbs Introduces 30-foot Amphitruck

Phibian High Speed Amphibian targeted at first responders.

by on Feb.15, 2012

The Gibbs Phibian skims across the water on the Potomac River with the Washington Monument rising in the background.

ARLINGTON, Va. – After more than a decade of false starts, Gibbs Technologies launched a High Speed Amphibian that it says will change the way rescue crews respond in disaster situations.

With the dramatic backdrop of the Pentagon on one side and the Washington just across the Potomac River, Gibbs gave a demonstration of Phibian, a 30-foot amphitruck, which will be road legal and capable of more than 80 mph on the highway and 30 mph in water. Like Gibbs’ other amphibians, the Phibian can transition between land and water in as little as 5 seconds.

“Natural disasters in recent memory, such as the earthquake and tsunamis in Japan, Thailand, Sri Lanka and elsewhere in Asia;  as well as the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans, illustrate the need for amphibians as capable, versatile and efficient as Phibian,” Gibbs Chairman Neil Jenkins said.

Gibbs is now taking orders for the Phibian, although no price was announced. It plans to begin delivering vehicles in 9 to 15 months.


GM, Firefighters Teach First Responders EV Safety

Fire chiefs conference includes 3-hour Chevy Volt demo.

by on Aug.27, 2010

GM and the National Fire Protection Association are teaming up to develop safety programs for first responders to deal with electric vehicles.

Electric vehicles are coming, so first responders need to learn about them so they don’t get hurt and can quickly remove occupants from one after an accident.

With that in mind the National Fire Protection Association announced a joint effort with General Motors to train first responders at the scene of a crash involving an electric vehicle.

The announcement was made Thursday at the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Fire-Rescue International Conference in Chicago where Chevrolet and OnStar demonstrated safety techniques on the 2011 Chevrolet Volt – an electric vehicle with “extended-range” capability that will be on sale in limited numbers late this year.

Red Hot!

The Volt and the pure electric Nissan Leaf will be the most visible electric vehicles to appear on the market in the next few years, but several automakers are planning to produce more EVs.