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SiriusXM Partners With RapidSOS

Aim is faster, more reliable crash data to 911 centers

SiriusXM, RapidSOS
An image from the RapidSOS website. The company highlights its use of “rich contextual emergency data” including location and crash information.

A business arm of SiriusXM that provides connected services to carmakers announced a partnership with a firm that connects devices to emergency communications centers.

SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services and RapidSOS said their joint effort will digitally transmit vehicle crash data to 911 immediately following a crash-related vehicle emergency.

“By linking vehicle and crash data from SiriusXM Connected Vehicle Services’ ACN+ (Advanced Automatic Crash Notification with enhanced services) technology with the RapidSOS emergency response data platform, 911 personnel can be notified quicker and first responders can receive more critical information about the nature and severity of the vehicle emergency before arriving at the scene,” the companies stated.

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The company said its connected vehicle service last year alerted 911 centers of hundreds of thousands of vehicle emergencies through verbal contact, but that the new arrangement will supplement that system because the data information can be imparted faster and is less prone to miscommunication.

Types of data that can be provided include location; airbag deployment; crash impact data such as front/rear/multiple impacts and rollovers; occupancy and so on.

The companies emphasized that speed of contact with emergency services can be crucial in cases of medical injury.

RapidSOS built what it calls “the world’s first emergency response data platform that securely links life-saving data from 350M+ connected devices directly to 911 and first responders.” It provides data that supports 4,700 Emergency Communications Centers.