Stellantis Rolls Out Emergency Vehicle Feature for Millions of Jeeps and Rams
Some 4 million Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles are getting a new emergency feature through and over the air software update. The cars will soon be able to receive alerts when they near an emergency vehicle with its flashers lit, the Detroit Free Press reports.
The move is meant to reduce the risk of crashes involving stopped emergency vehicles. It spawned from a brainstorming meeting in which a Stellantis employee described a near collision, Mamatha Chamarthi, who runs Stellantis’ software business and product management, told the Free Press.
“An employee was driving with her kids,” Chamarthi told the news outlet. “It was noisy in the vehicle. She didn’t hear an approaching emergency vehicle and was nearly involved in an accident.”
More than 60 emergency response workers were killed in accidents last year, according to data compiled by the Emergency Responder Safety Institute. A University of Minnesota study found that alerts like those being offered in Stellantis vehicles can reduce the risk of a crash by as much as 90 percent.
Other Risks for Stellantis Owners and Lessors
Although the new safety feature is a welcomed update, Steallantis and other major auto manufacturers continue to have a hard time ensuring that the cars they put on the road are actually safe to drive. Those companies recall millions of vehicles every year, citing an array of defects that increase the risk of an accident.
Last year, for example, Steallantis, recalled half a million Ram pickup trucks because of a wheel defect. The company told federal regulators at the time that the recalled trucks could experience “wheel separation,” putting drivers, passengers and others on the road at risk.
That announcement came after Stellantis separately recalled 20,000 Ram trucks that it said are at risk of engine fires.
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