Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will integrate law enforcement data systems and add a 12.1-inch touchscreen in its 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit as part of a new Uconnect infotainment system for officers.
The laptop-sized screen, which is five times larger than the standard 5-inch Uconnect screen, is built into the vehicle's instrument panel. It includes a high-resolution (1024-by-768 pixel) display. As a result, police agencies wouldn't need to install a console-mounted rugged laptop with articulating mount.
The system can split the touchscreen to display the familiar 8.4-inch (640-by-480 pixel) Uconnect interface. The cockpit includes redundant vehicle controls, such as radio and climate, located below the Uconnect system, while the driver can also use the switches on the back of the steering wheel, voice commands, the touchscreen display or the redundant knobs and buttons.
The system will introduce new features for officers such as a drag-and-drop menu bar, Siri Eyes Free, and a do-not-disturb mode that sends mobile calls to voicemail and supresses text messages.
Designed for ease of integration and operation, the Uconnect 12.1 features Ethernet cable to connect an officer's mobile computer in the trunk.
The Uconnect 12.1 system also provides a fourth auxiliary button, adding to the three steering-wheel mounted auxiliary buttons managed through the Vehicle Systems Interference Module (VSIM). This wiring solution makes installation of upfit equipment easier, as the system is capable of providing the appropriate power, ground and fusing for a variety of LED, lighting, siren, computer, modem or camera systems.
The integrated system includes a three-year or 36,000-mile warranty. Agencies can order the system through FCA Fleet Operations in January. Production of the systems is scheduled for March.