GM is making sure the people who protect us are themselves better protected, announcing new safety features and options for the Chevrolet Tahoe Police Pursuit Vehicle (PPV), namely to help reduce crash severity or avoid them all together.
“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.”
General Motors says the Enhanced Driver Assist Package is the first of its kind in a pursuit-rated vehicle, featuring five core technologies.
Low Speed Forward Automatic Braking, which has never been offered on a pursuit-rated vehicle before, automatically applies the brakes when a front-end collision is imminent while the vehicle is traveling at low speed, to help mitigate damage.
Before that, however, Forward Collision Alert uses radar and a forward-looking camera to measure the closing speeds of the vehicle and objects in its path, alerting the driver through visual and audible alerts, but also through seat pulses, if the vehicle is so equipped.
The Safety Alert Driver Seat is a GM-patented seat-bottom system that gives vibrating pulses to alert the driver to possible hazards, such as forward collision or if the vehicle is wandering from its lane of travel. Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning also helps bring the driver’s attention to the vehicle’s drifting out of its lane through gentle steering wheel tugs.
The final piece of the safety puzzle has to do with making sure the Tahoe PPV fits all drivers. Power Adjustable Pedals combine with the standard 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat and the tilt steering wheel to make sure drivers of all statures find the optimal driving position.
“When they’re on road patrol, police officers are constantly multitasking,” said Theodore Quisenberry, 43-year law enforcement veteran, and the retired chief of the Royal Oak (Michigan) Police Department and the Oakland County Homeland Security Division. “Now, when officers are scanning their surroundings, so is their vehicle. That will help them stay safe.”
Other standard safety and driver assist features on the Tahoe PPV include StabiliTrak Electronic Stability Control, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, Rear Vision Camera with Rear Park Assist, and steering wheel controls for many vehicle functions.