Stellantis to test sending safety alerts of nearby hazards directly to Jeep, Ram vehicles
Imagine driving your Ram 1500 down a busy stretch of road when an alert pops up on the Uconnect infotainment screen.
“CAUTION Emergency Vehicle Nearby.”
Is that likely to catch your attention more than the lights and siren?
Stellantis is apparently guessing so. The automaker is teaming up with Chicago-based HAAS Alert to test a system that would deliver safety alerts directly to vehicles.
In a recent news release, Stellantis said its initial test would include company-owned 2018 and newer Jeep, Ram, Chrysler and Dodge vehicles in metro Detroit. Depending on the results, the company said it might develop a commercial rollout plan.
The program is one of two notification warning systems the company is planning to test in southeast Michigan that aim to tackle a pressing safety issue and pave “the way for autonomous technology.”
The effort comes at a key moment on America’s roads.
Just last week, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its crash fatality estimates for the first half of this year, showing "the largest six-month increase ever recorded in the Fatality Analysis Reporting System’s history.” That 18.4% increase over 2020 represents 20,160 vehicle crash fatalities in the first half of 2021, the largest number in that amount of time since 2006, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Stellantis plans testing of the safety alert systems in southeast Michigan. The company's Uconnect infotainment system would post the alerts.