The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit police car will offer a new 12.1-inch Uconnect system. The embedded touchscreen replaces third-party, center-console mounted laptops used on many police cars.
When designing the Charger Pursuit’s new touchscreen, Dodge consulted with law enforcement specialists and found that bulky computers are distracting to officers and limit their outward visibility. Not only that, but these console-mounted devices also hamper interior space and could even interfere with airbag deployment in the event of a collision. The new 12.1-inch screen is embedded into the dash of the Charger Pursuit, and is made to be integrated with law enforcement data systems.
Through Ethernet, the 12.1-inch Uconnect screen connects directly to a separate computer stored neatly inside the Pursuit’s trunk. The Uconnect system also brings goodies like Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth streaming, rearview camera, an SD Card slot, and USB and auxiliary ports. For added convenience, a “Drag and Drop Menu Bar” allows officers to drag their favorite features from the apps menu to the main menu bar on the screen. Officers can also use the “Do Not Disturb” feature to limit phone calls and send automated text responses while they are busy at the wheel.
Dodge could really make a splash if it integrates its 12.1-inch screen into consumer vehicles in addition to police cars. The only screen larger that comes to mind is the 17-inch touchscreen inside the Tesla Model S, which like in the Charger Pursuit, is oriented vertically like an iPad.
Very much unlike the Model S, the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit comes with a 292-hp 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine or a 370-hp 5.7-liter HEMI V-8. Opting for the 12.1-inch screen replaces the car’s standard 5.0-inch unit. Other standard features to expect on the car include rain brake support, advanced multistage driver and front-passenger air bags, emergency trunk-lid release, keyless entry, and push-button start.
Orders for the Charger Pursuit with the 12.1-inch display start in January, although the model doesn’t go into production until March.