The system uses existing safety tech to monitor and react to movement behind the patrol car.
The same technology that helps people back into spaces and watches for cross traffic when backing out is being used to help protect police officers. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has released its Officer Protection Package for new 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles, which can alert officers to potential danger behind the car and be programmed to take certain actions in response.
“The Officer Protection Package is the result of our continued focus on officer safety in our Charger Pursuit,” said Jeff Kommor, FCA vice president of U.S. sales operations, fleet and small business sales. “With critical input and guidance from our Police Advisory Board, we have enhanced the technology’s capabilities for the 2018 model year with additional sensors to provide officers with an expanded field of protection.”
The system expands on the manufacturer’s existing ParkSense rear park assist system, ParkView rear backup camera, and Rear Cross Path detection which can provide cross traffic alerts. These are the same safety systems available in a range of civilian vehicles from the automaker, but police-spec Chargers can now get a Surveillance Mode Module from InterMotive, which brings these features together to create a comprehensive system that can monitor and react to potential threats.
By reacting, we of course mean passive alerts. The car won't go all Knight Rider with guns and tires blazing, but should movement be detected at the rear of the vehicle, the system can lock doors, put windows up, and flash the reverse lights and tail lights. The idea is to both startle would-be attackers while giving officers a few extra seconds to react. The rear view camera is active as well, so all activity behind the car can easily be monitored in the passenger compartment.
Dodge says the Surveillance Mode Module is a simple plug-and-play upgrade, and is now available as a no-cost option to all 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles.
Source: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
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FCA US Extends Officer Protection Package to 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit
- Officer Protection Package designed to prevent ambush of officers from the rear when parked and working in their vehicle
- This safety technology first offered on the 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit
- Enhancements made to package’s capabilities for 2018 model year
The Officer Protection Package is designed to increase an officer’s situational awareness when parked and working inside the Charger Pursuit.
“The Officer Protection Package is the result of our continued focus on officer safety in our Charger Pursuit,” said Jeff Kommor, Vice President – U.S. Sales Operations, Fleet and Small Business Sales. “With critical input and guidance from our Police Advisory Board, we have enhanced the technology’s capabilities for the 2018 model year with additional sensors to provide officers with an expanded field of protection.”
First offered by FCA US and InterMotive Inc. on the 2017 Charger Pursuit, the Officer Protection Package will continue to be available at no cost to U.S. law enforcement agencies in the 2018 model year.
The Officer Protection Package uses InterMotive’s Surveillance Mode Module™ with FCA’s Fleet Safety Group technology – ParkSense rear park assist system, ParkView rear backup camera, and Rear Cross Path detection – to alert officers when movement at the rear of the vehicle is detected.
The Rear Cross Path detection is new to the package for the 2018 model year. This system warns drivers of lateral traffic when backing out of parking spaces. When InterMotive’s module is activated – by simply pressing the Aux 1 button on the steering wheel – these additional sensors will be turned on, significantly increasing the area monitored and providing additional security for the officer.
If and when the sensors detect motion, a chime will sound to alert the officer of potential danger in the area. The officer can immediately see what is behind the vehicle via the camera monitor. At the discretion of the law enforcement agency, the tripped sensors can initiate any or all of the following: a signal for the doors to lock, front windows to roll up, reverse lights to turn on and tail lights to flash, all automatically, giving the officer a few extra seconds to react to the situation.
The Officer Protection Package, provided by FCA US and InterMotive and easily installed (plug and play) by the law enforcement agency, is available effective immediately on all 2018 Charger Pursuit U.S. orders.