With the numbers of road accidents still being quite high on our roads, a device which offers prompt medical support and roadside assistance with the click of a button, is indeed a boon to the victim. It would alert a command centre, which will receive the location of the accident.
“If you need medical assistance, just press that particular button and we will direct the nearest available ambulance to your rescue,” says Prasad Pillai. A graduate of Government Engineering College, Thrissur. He is the co-founder of Elsys Intelligent Devices, he returned to Kerala leaving his job with Microsoft in the US in 2013 and introduced a smart car device known as SafeDrive.
The reason behind this innovation was a tragedy in family. “A relative of mine died in an accident. And I also had met with two accidents – one each in India and the US,” he laments.
The device is also handy in offering roadside assistance and vehicle tracking. “It could also give you tips on improving the driving habits of the driver. If you are prone to slamming your brakes quite often, the device will notice that and will suggest improvements,” he adds.
Recently Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions and GVK Emergency Management And Research Institute (GVK-EMRI) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to launch ‘eCall’ to tackle road emergencies. National emergency number 112 is also supposed to become active since January this year but it will be some time before effective and timely response to pan India emergencies on road could become a reality. Considering the gigantic task of developing an effective response mechanism for vast road network, low cost, affordable innovative solutions can augment the resources with coordination and information sharing for an automated response mechanism to road emergencies within the golden hour.