Chevrolet has announced new safety features and options for its 2018 Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV).
The optional Enhanced Driver Assist Package is the first-of-its-kind for a pursuit-rated vehicle, and is built around five distinct technologies and features. The first is low speed forward automatic braking, which has never been offered on a pursuit-rated vehicle before. It automatically applies the brakes to help reduce a collision’s severity if the vehicle is traveling at low speeds and the system detects a front-end collision is imminent and the driver has not applied the brakes.
The package also adds forward collision alert, a feature commonly found in today’s more advanced vehicles. By using radar and a forward-looking camera, the system triggers a visual alert and audible beeps or seat pulses if necessary.
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There’s also lane keep assist with lane departure warning, safety alert driver seat, and power adjustable pedals. Chevrolet referenced a 2017 Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report on front crash prevention, which said vehicles with forward collision warning reduced the rate of rear-end crashes reported to police by 27 percent, and when combined with automatic braking, cut the rate by 50 percent. A digital police scanner is another useful innovation.
“We want to protect our protectors and help them get home safely at the end of every shift,” said Ed Peper, U.S. vice president, GM Fleet. “The safety technologies we are introducing on the Tahoe PPV may serve as a second set of eyes.”