Dodge Charger Pursuit Has Officer Safety in Mind With New Technology
The 2017 Dodge Charger Pursuit is about to get a technology upgrade. It may bring the movie, Robocop, to mind.
Fiat Chrysler just announced a new feature for its police cruiser called the “Officer Protection Package,” reported gizmodo.com. There is no cost for the upgrade. It is “designed to prevent an officer from being ambushed from the rear while parked,” the company said in a press release.
Dodge Charger Pursuit technology features
By taking advantage of the car’s self-parking sensors, the Charger Pursuit will soon be able to detect if someone is approaching the police car from behind. When it does, the cruiser’s doors will automatically lock, the siren will go bloop, the rear lights will flash, and the rear camera will show the officer what’s happening behind the car.
The new feature is timely as police ambushes are happening at an alarming rate. The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund reported in November that ambush killings of officers is at a 10-year high.
Potential feature benefits
Readers of LET are all too aware of the many officer executions that occurred in the past year as we pay tribute to each LODD. This technology makes us think about San Antonio Detective Benjamin Marconi who was shot and killed after a man pulled up behind his cruiser, and fired while he was writing a traffic ticket.
It’s clear that some simple tweaks to existing technology could save the lives of police officers. The new Fiat upgrade just plugs into the Charger Pursuit OBDII port and offers law enforcement a new line of defense against bad guys.
While there is no better defense than being alert and aware, having the aid of technology could benefit the user.
So tell us what you think. Does this sound useful, or frivolous; meaningful or monotonous in real world application?