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GM Partners With CDC to Improve Emergency Crash Response

March 29, 2007

DETROIT – The GM Foundation has announced a partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation to develop procedures to help emergency medical responders better and more quickly determine if a motorist needs care at a trauma center after a vehicle crash. CDC will convene a panel of more than 20 emergency medical physicians, trauma surgeons, public safety, and vehicle safety experts to review real-time crash data from OnStar’s Advanced Automatic Crash Notification (AACN) vehicle telematic system and similar systems from other companies to help improve emergency transport and treatment of crash victims. The panel meetings will be funded by a $250,000 grant from OnStar and the GM Foundation to the CDC Foundation. As a federal agency, CDC does not promote or endorse specific products. Using a collection of sensors, vehicle telemetry systems like OnStar send crash data to an advisor if the vehicle is involved in a moderate or severe front, rear, or side-impact crash. Depending on the type of system, the data includes crash severity information, along with data on the direction of impact, air bag deployment, multiple impacts, and a rollover (if equipped with appropriate sensors). Advisors can relay this information to emergency dispatchers helping them to quickly determine the appropriate combination of emergency personnel, equipment and medical facilities needed. AACN, first introduced on the MY 2004 Chevy Malibu, evolved from airbag deployment notification systems, which alert OnStar Advisors if a subscriber’s airbag has deployed. Airbag deployment notification systems have been on OnStar-equipped vehicles since 1997.
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