A South African company, Resource Tracking, is working on a new vehicle system that alerts emergency services within seconds of an accident, determining the level of response required and the damage to the vehicle. The analytics technology is based on similar software used to simulate motor vehicle crash tests, is being adapted for South African conditions. “This is a great step in the right direction in terms managing accidents and ensuring motorists and vehicles receive help almost immediately, says company head Vincent Gore.” Gore, himself a victim of a car accident in 1996 that left him wheelchair-bound.

The technology known as Crashboxx, originally from the United States, is based on computer modeling software developed to cut the costs of crashing a motor vehicle and to determine the damage to the vehicle and its occupants in a collision. It uses algorithms to determine the results of such impacts. These mathematical formulae can also help to determine the level of injury sustained.

SA has one of the highest motor vehicle accident rates in the world and the International Traffic Forum’s 2013 report estimated the cost to SA’s economy at R307bn annually. Resource Tracking is modifying the software for South African conditions with the aim of putting it in motor vehicles, as is done with vehicle tracking and analytics systems.

The technology can determine in as little as 10 seconds the level of damage to the vehicle and its passengers. Once the calculation has been made, the system alerts the necessary authorities to the location of the accident and whether or not medical help is required.

The system is still in testing phase but Gore has reported that the technology has already received various international certifications and should be ready to roll out in early 2015, making SA the second country after the United States to use it.

ER24.com spokesman Werner Vermaak said that such a system could help SA to achieve the “platinum 15 minutes” response time in getsting to an accident in which serious injuries have been sustained.