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LAPD's Next-Generation Dodge Charger

The LAPD's Dodge Charger concept delivers an array of tools at the officer's fingertip.

November 20, 2012  |  by - Also by this author

Sgt. Dan Gomez shows off the LAPD's next-gen Dodge Charger. Photo: Paul Clinton
Sgt. Dan Gomez shows off the LAPD's next-gen Dodge Charger. Photo: Paul Clinton

In an era not so far from today's, the Los Angeles Police Department imagines a patrol car that's been optimized for the patrol officer.

Excess brackets have been stripped away, and technology has been better concealed so as not to interfere with an officer's daily duties. An array of high-tech tools and data arrive at the officer's fingertip.

"It almost feels like a regular car, but then all of the sudden you realize you have all this police equipment," Sgt. Dan Gomez tells POLICE.

With the help of Chrysler and other police vendors, the LAPD presented its vision of the next-generation patrol car at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in early October in San Diego.

The department brought a Dodge Charger Pursuit that offered a streamlined vision of the future. The vehicle's primary accomplishment comes in its use of a 12.1-inch in-dash screen that incorporates the range of technologies officers use—lights and sirens, ALPR, infrared video, instant access to criminal databases and reporting tools, GPS routing, and Wi-Fi.

Chrysler engineers implemented the UConnect system to manage the array of police equipment. Chrysler installed the screen and Continental Engineering Services build the electronic architecture. With a single touch of the screen, officers can toggle between Dodge Mode and LAPD Mode to manage these systems.

"Everything up high on the interface would be things you do when you're in motion, and everything on the bottom would be things you do when you're parked," said Gomez. "We want to keep your line of sight out front."

Havis has lowered the center console to help officers avoid hip injuries during accidents. Federal Signal equipped the Charger with a solar-powered light bar. 3M added a vehicle wrap for the white of the "black and white" that can be stripped off to increase vehicle resale value.

The car even provides officers creature comforts. Four USB ports to charge mobile devices were added to the rear of the center console in front of the cup holders.

"We've taken all the existing systems we already use and we found a new way to package them," Gomez said. "We've done it in a smarter and safer way."

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Tags: LAPD, Patrol Cars, Dodge Charger


Comments (9)

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BW @ 11/22/2012 8:56 AM

That keyboard looks uncomfortably low... No thanks.

PLW @ 11/28/2012 9:35 PM

Too much looking down at functions takes eyes off the roadway! It looks like it was put together by a a bunch of blind men. Look who's doing the demo! Guess he dosen't get out from behind the precinct desk too often.

RIP P71 @ 11/29/2012 12:17 PM

Seems like a rip off of the Carbon motors E7 but not as cool. I agree BW; the keyboard seems to low and the screen seems just a little to far away for ease of use while operating the vehicle.

Craig Andersen. @ 11/30/2012 3:17 PM

As far as the display and keyboard being low in the car and diverting gaze from the road-you shouldn't be operating the computer with the vehicle in motion. Perhaps a head up display for critical data.

PC9744 @ 11/30/2012 3:36 PM

You're all just a bunch of naysayers, cause I'm sure most of you guys have a kinda crappy outdated ride- like me. I would love one of these. Lets be honest now...

TimFromLA @ 12/26/2012 5:47 PM

How about raises instead?

P2dawg @ 1/1/2013 9:27 AM

Bring back cash overtime instead. Or better yet, pay those who took that "temporary" 20% pay cut instead of lollygagging over this garbage.

Jonathan @ 2/2/2013 4:02 PM

I wish we had the cheapest charger, in my department we barely have old crowns, the new cars are for the behind the desk guys, good for the LAPD guys

David Mosca @ 3/24/2013 1:17 AM

High Tech!

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