Dodge Gives Cop Car Dashboards a Touch of Tesla
Police cars are used for more than pulling you over for traffic stops and chasing down the bad guys. They also serve as offices-on-wheels for police officers who have shifts that can be 12 hours long. The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit police vehicle now serves officers better with a huge screen that looks like it was pulled right out of a Tesla Model S.
It's not unusual to see police cars with awkwardly mounted screens that stick out from the dashboard to provide all the information law enforcement needs. Dodge has integrated a 12.1-inch screen right into the center dash making it easier to use, and making the vehicle a more pleasant space to spend a long shift.
The screen works as a PC monitor for police department computers that are installed in the car. It functions in two modes. The first controls air conditioning, radio, and basic UConnect functions. This can be toggled to the department's computer which is housed in the trunk. They even worked to make sure it would work in extreme heat and cold and that it was still workable when officers are wearing gloves. A 19-member Police Advisory Board worked alongside the Uconnect team, so it's not what the automaker thinks will work, but what law enforcement determined worked best. The system is not only easier than something mounted to the dashboard with brackets, but safer. Those systems can interfere with airbags and provide impact points that could hurt officers. The new 12.1-inch touchscreen will make officers' lives easier and safer.