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Stellantis Debuts Emergency Vehicle Alerts in Some Vehicles

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Jan. 4, 2021—Upward of 4 million Stellantis drivers will have a new alert system that will notify them when an emergency vehicle is nearby.

According to a report from the Detroit Free Press, some Jeep, Ram, Dodge, Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles in the U.S. will receive a free software update this month to enable the Emergency Vehicle Alert System.

The system has been in development since 2020 and uses "existing connectivity hardware" in conjunction with Safety Cloud creator HAAS alert, a system that works with more than 1,000 emergency responses fleets in the U.S. and Mexico. The system can tell where a first responder is in relation to Stellantis vehicles and sends a geofenced alert to capable vehicles in close proximity. Vehicles moving in the opposite direction on divided highways are excluded from alerts.

According to data from the Emergency Responder Safety Institute, a record 63 first responders were killed last year in the U.S. due to crashes.

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