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Deadly Upset

April 24, 2013

 An MU assistant professor of Agricultural Systems Management and his research assistant are developing a product that could potentially save hundreds of lives each year.  VRPETERS (Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System) is an app that uses sensors and GPS capabilities to send an emergency message, which  includes exact location, when a tractor rollover occurs. The app being developed in this collaborative research project has the potential to change tractor fatality statistics.


Story by:  CAFNR News

Tractor rollovers are the single deadliest type of farm accident in the United States. Latest figures from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) said there are approximately 250 tractor rollover fatalities each year.

A research team at the University of Missouri has begun final testing of an app for mobile electronic devices that may save some of those lives.

Called VRPETERS (Vehicle Rollover Prevention Education Training Emergency Reporting System), the app is a simple download to a smart phone or tablet. The app uses the sensors and GPS capability built into these mobile devices to detect a rollover, and then send an automatic emergency e-mail and phone message with accident location coordinates. See more…