The 911 Assist, SYNC emergency response application from Ford Motor Company can help operators receive the exact GPS coordinates of a vehicle that has met with an accident/
The Ford 911 Assist, with the GPS location functionality, is a no-extra cost and subscription-free feature for customers for the life time duration of their vehicles. This feature will be available on every 2011 MyLincoln and My Ford Touch equipped vehicles, as well as certain SYNC-equipped models.
Ford will make a presentation on June 5-10, 2010 at the Indianapolis-based National Emergency Number Association (NENA) 2010 conference. Fords continues to function with the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International as well as the NENA for the 911 Assist’s development for future enhancements.
Many emergency communication professionals will attend the conference where Ford will introduce the SYNC 911 Assist application’s new capability related to communicating the location of a vehicle by utilizing GPS coordinates delivered to the emergency transponders. This app helps the emergency operators to access a vehicle’s GPS coordinates, a useful tool to enable responders to quickly reach the accident scene.
When this feature is switched on, along with pairing of a Bluetooth-enabled phone to SYNC, 911 Assist will be able to call a local emergency operator directly on the occurrence of an accident that involves activation of emergency fuel pump shutoff or an airbag. The system, with the GPS capabilities, is able to provide a choice to the operator to retrieve the Ford Vehicle’s GPS coordinates, besides warning the operator about the crash. The call is direct and fast and does not require an intermediary or a separate call center.
An onboard GPS receiver generates the GPS coordinates for extra accuracy. This feature will be provided in particular 2100 model year vehicles.