Chinese navigation service Baidu Maps is rolling out a traffic alarm feature aimed at warning surrounding cars when an ambulance is approaching, a project that includes 500 emergency vehicles in Beijing.

Baidu has partnered with the Beijing Emergency Medical Center, Beijing Red Cross 999 Emergency Call Center, and Beijing Yizhong Charity Foundation to test the feature. Testing is also underway in the city of Jiujiang in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi. The feature is expected to be implemented nationwide though no time frame has been given.

The feature will send emergency alerts to nearby cars when an ambulance is approaching, requesting they move aside for the emergency vehicle. The data from emergency call centers will be integrated into Baidu Map’s Hawkeye system to enable real-time tracking of the traffic and improve the accuracy of the broadcast range.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.