Dodge just updated its 2016 Charger Pursuit LEO model with some never-before-available tech: a giant portrait touchscreen that is custom-designed to be the main display and control for law enforcement officers in daily duties.
Until now, the preferred method of departments to put computers into squad cars has been a floor-mounted Panasonic Toughbook. Yes, the laptop was theoretically portable, but not as mounted on its giant metal arm. Bolted down under the seat, this arm let officers move the laptop over the center console, angled toward them a bit.
But still extremely awkward, and using an touchpad / nub thing all designed for office workers. At stationary desks.
Even parked up, the interface has been clunky and hopelessly time-consuming to use.
As law enforcement goes ever more digital, the Charger is keeping up. Obviously.
The new Uconnect 12.1 makes its first-ever appearance in the new Charger cop car. Three new functionalities like drag/drop menu bar, Siri eyes free and Do Not Disturb join the overall menu — as does the ability to port in any computer software used by police departments. The Uconnect screen becomes a full recreation of what was normally displayed on the laptop, but now with touchscreen controls and voice inputs?
The Uconnect 12.1 is designed to be connected to a laptop’s mobile ethernet and secure wireless communications protocols. But without the clunky laptop arm up front, fewer twister back cramps, and more scofflaws per hour.
It sounds great. Typing out peoples names and offenses might be harder without a dedicated keyboard. Scratch that. There is a spill-proof keyboard. Good thinking!
Overall, Uconnect 12.1 is clearly a look into the future of law enforcement tech integration.
As before, the Charger Pursuit is offered in V6 RWD, V6 AWD or V8 rear-drive powertrains — and will continue as the only true 150-mph-confident PPV.
2016 Dodge Charger PURSUIT
- Segment-first integration of law enforcement data systems with 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit’s field proven, easy-to-use and award-winning Uconnect touchscreen system
- Designed for police use, Uconnect’s familiar and intuitive interface allows for quick toggling between vehicle controls and nearly every plug-and-play police-designed computer system
- Uconnect 12.1 is more than five times larger than Dodge Charger Pursuit’s standard Uconnect 5.0 system
- Segment’s largest Uconnect 12.1-inch touchscreen built-in to Dodge Charger Pursuit’s instrument panel helps law enforcement officers keep their eyes on the road, not to the side
- Focus on safety and security: unlike third-party solutions that require a bulky console-mounted computer screen, all-new Uconnect 12.1 does not obstruct front-driver and passenger air bags or interfere with occupant space
- Tactical equipment: Uconnect 12.1 undergoes Dodge Charger Pursuit’s rigorous field testing and engineering requirements, and is backed with a 3-year/36,000-mile factory warranty
- Available through FCA Fleet Operations, the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit with Uconnect 12.1 touchscreen display will be available for ordering in January, with production starting in March
September 11, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. – Dodge Charger Pursuit is going tactical in a big way for 2016, offering the heroic men and women who protect us with the all-new, and segment’s largest, Uconnect 12.1-inch built-in touchscreen that enables a segment-exclusive integration of law enforcement computer systems with the easy-to-use and award-winning Uconnect touchscreen system.
“As America’s high-performance police vehicle, Dodge Charger Pursuit is going big for 2016, offering a massive, Uconnect touchscreen system that streamlines a law enforcement officer’s computer system with our easy-to-use Uconnect system – on an all-new laptop-size 12.1-inch touchscreen display,” said Tim Kuniskis, President and CEO – Dodge and SRT Brands, and Vice President – Fleet Operations, FCA – North America. “Designed and tested to Charger Pursuit’s stringent test requirements, our all-new Uconnect 12.1 system is the latest piece of tactical hardware that is neatly integrated into the instrument panel for a mobile command center that could only be delivered from Dodge.”
All-new and police-exclusive Uconnect 12.1