Dodge is giving their 2016 police cruisers a Tesla-like touchscreen dash, laptops to be phased out

PictureDash view of the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit for law enforcement.The 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit vehicle is getting a face lift to its interior dashboard with a 12-inch touchscreen display, giving it a similar look and feel to a Tesla. The 2016 Charger Pursuit is adding uConnect’s 12.1-inch touchscreen display to the dash and will control the police car’s computer, dispatch software, police radio, exterior lighting, and cameras. Instead of being in the cabin, these electronics will now be mounted in the trunk, opening up a significant amount of space in the vehicle’s cabin.

The addition of the 12-inch touchscreen display provides law enforcement officers with a more centralized command center, allowing them to do their jobs faster and more efficiently. With efficiency, comes safety. The in-dash display allows officers to maintain a forward view outside the vehicle versus a mounted, view-obstructing laptop off to the side.

Jacob Miller, Vehicle Integration Engineer for Dodge Law Enforcement Vehicles, said in the demo video above,

“The advantage for this system is that it frees up a lot of interior space, so they don’t have that mount obstructing their view and it also allows them to look forward in the vehicle, keeping their eyes on the road and allowing them do their job faster and a more efficient way.”
PictureTrunk setup of 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit via YouTubeMany car manufacturers over-complicate things by putting too much of a vehicle’s standard controls onto their touchscreen systems. Basic controls such as climate control and speaker volume on the Charger will continue to use knobs.

For those of you who are wondering if the uConnect 12.1 display is an available feature on 2016 civilian Chargers, it unfortunately is not.PictureExterior look of the 2016 Dodge Charger Pursuit

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