The end of the beloved triangles is near, and Spanish telecom Vodaphone, has already started selling the replacement
As of January 1, 2026, the V16 geo-locatable emergency beacons will be mandatory in Spain. Vodafone has just put on sale for 49.95 euros, a device approved by the DGT that was developed by the Spanish company Netun Solutions.
This is the first device capable of producing a V16 signal to achieve DGT approval.
The Royal Decree which regulates emergency services on public roads, makes it mandatory to use the system as of January 1, 2026, to replace the current red plastic signaling triangles.
The device can be purchased from Vodaphone whether you are a customer or not.
‘Help Flash IoT’ can be purchased at Vodafone’s network of stores, through telesales and on digital channels, the My Vodafone app, and the vodafone.es website, at a price launch price of 49.95 euros, VAT included; although Vodafone users will be able to pay in installments with Vodafone Flex in monthly installments of 2.08 euros for 24 months.
But when the launch promotion ends on February 28, the price of the device increases to 59.95 euros. The price includes connectivity to the Vodafone network for 12 years, although people who purchase it before it becomes mandatory in January 2026 will have additional connectivity at no cost during these previous years.
What is Help Flash IoT?
Help Flash IoT is an autonomous, compact, and lightweight emergency-connected light beacon that emits an intense yellow flash that covers 360 degrees, being visible at night in all directions from more than a kilometer away.
The device integrates a SIM card with NB-IoT (Narrow-Band Internet of Things) technology that provides connectivity anywhere in the national territory thanks to the Vodafone Spain network. In the event of an accident or breakdown, when the device is activated, a notification is sent immediately and automatically to the DGT traffic control centers, indicating its exact location.
The information received by the General Directorate of Traffic is anonymous and therefore does not include in any case name, license plate, or any other personal data that could allow the identification of the user.
Using the unit, the DGT can collect information in real-time on all possible incidents that occur on the roads, and can immediately notify other drivers of their position, greatly reducing the risk of accidents.
To do this, the user must always carry the device within their reach, ready to use it in the event of any incident on public roads, unlike emergency warning triangles, which have to be placed at a distance from the vehicle.
With geolocated beacons it is not necessary to get out of the car, thus avoiding the risk of being run over.
The Help Flash IoT, connected throughout its useful life only with the internal battery, even in spaces with poor coverage. This is due to the so-called ‘deep coverage’ of the network.
The device can be linked with the Incidence App, the free roadside assistance application that allows drivers to contact their insurance company, or emergency services in the event of an accident or breakdown.
Help Flash IoT will also be available at other points of sale other than just Vodafone, such as Norauto and El Corte Inglés stores, ITV Applus stations, Amazon, and through the Help Flash website.
It may also be included in the pre-delivery kit of some new vehicle brands.