GM car owners know how much OnStar can be helpful, and now its Injury Severity Prediction (ISP) service, part of the Automatic Crash Response service, is able to accurately predict the severity of crash victims’ injuries, which allows first responders to treat them more effectively.
ISP is an algorithm that OnStar uses in certain Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, and Cadillac vehicles in the U.S. and Canada. It analyzes crash information like the force of impact and direction of impact to determine the probability of severe injury to the vehicle occupants. OnStar Advisors then relay the ISP rating to 9-1-1 centres, which may choose to adjust the level and priority of response dispatched to a crash scene.
“This past April we added injury severity prediction criteria to our trauma transport protocols,” said Cory Richter, battalion chief, Indian River County (Fla.) Fire Rescue. “It has been proven that crash victims with a severe injury have a better chance of survival when they’re transported to a trauma centre instead of a local hospital. Resources like OnStar’s Injury Severity Prediction give us a better chance of identifying those victims early on.”
Further tests and validation will be conducted this summer.