Early next year, GM's OnStar will enhance its already formidable feature portfolio by introducing Injury Severity Prediction (ISP) to the standard mix. ISP is designed to provide first-responders with critical information regarding the estimated severity of a crash and the likelihood that passengers in the vehicle may have sustained life-threatening injuries. Using a series of sensors, OnStar's existing Automatic Crash Response system is already capable of gathering and dispatching data to its advisors about the intensity and direction of an initial impact as well as to confirm any airbag deployments, if the incident involved secondary impacts, and what specific type of vehicle was involved. By subjecting that initial data set to a supplemental algorithm, the new ISP system will automatically calculate either a "Normal" or "High" score. The OnStar advisor will then pass this information directly along to the first-responders even before they arrive on the scene to help them determine what the best possible course of action would be in any given situation.
"This technology is like a virtual witness to the crash, based on data which is more precise than eye-witness accounts," said Chet Huber, president of OnStar. "The OnStar Injury Severity Prediction will speak for our subscribers, even when they cannot speak for themselves."