General Motors’ venture capital subsidiary, GM Ventures, recently announced its participation in the $40 million Series B funding round for RapidDeploy. RapidDeploy is an integrated response platform providing data-driven 911 communications, enhancing GM’s OnStar crash response systems.
The new RapidDeploy investment will improve public safety with greater situation awareness for first responders and emergency services, driving next-generation 911 technology adoption and development.
Earlier in 2021, OnStar and RapidDeploy launched a new program to supply every 911 call center in California with OnStar Automatic Crash Response notifications. By leveraging a range of onboard sensors, the notifications provide call centers with critical data and information, including the severity of the crash, the location, make, and model of the vehicle involved, the probability of severe injury, and whether or not the vehicle involved is all-electric.
“The increased availability and speed of incident data into the hands of responders is a game-changing improvement,” said Santa Monica Fire Department Deputy Chief Tom Clemo. “Having as much information as possible as we respond to an incident is paramount to not only providing the best emergency services we can, but also to improving responder incident awareness and safety. We owe it to our communities and to our responders to leverage technology so that it improves our services and safety, and the work that OnStar and RapidDeploy are implementing certainly helps us to get there.”
The new GM Venture investment will help to accelerate the work of RapidDeploy and OnStar in 911 centers around the U.S.
“For 25 years, OnStar has served as a leader in safety and security services, providing help to our members in times of need. We value our continued work with RapidDeploy and look forward to scaling this important program within the U.S.,” said senior manager, OnStar Emergency Services, Catherine Bishop. “This latest milestone in our collaboration with RapidDeploy demonstrates OnStar’s commitment to keeping members and first responders safe during emergencies and supporting new innovations to advance Next Generation 911 initiatives.”