Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. (NYSE: FCAU) has announced that it is offering its Office Protection Package on the new 2018 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car. The package is available at no additional charge to U.S. law enforcement agencies.
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 package is designed to improve a police officer’s situational awareness when parked and working inside the car.
GM’s vice president for U.S. operations, fleet and small business sales, Jeff Komor, said:
The Officer Protection Package is the result of our continued focus on officer safety in our Charger Pursuit. 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 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.
If and when the sensors detect motion, a chime sounds to alert the officer of potential danger in the area. The officer can immediately see what is behind the vehicle via the camera monitor. 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 was first offered on model year 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicles.