As many as 4 million drivers are about to become safer, thanks to an over-the-air software update Stellantis will send to their vehicles — at no cost — in January.
The Jeep, Ram, Dodge and Fiat and Alfa Romeo vehicles will receive alerts when they near an emergency vehicle with its flashers lit. The feature, called the Emergency Vehicle Alert System (EVAS), will initially be available in North America, but Stellantis could roll it out across the 14 brands the automaker sells around the world.
A record 63 U.S. emergency responders were killed in crashes last year, according to the Emergency Responder Safety Institute.
“It’s all about saving lives,” said Mamatha Chamarthi, Stellantis head of software business and product management.
The feature was born in a 2020 meeting where Chrysler group employees pitch new ideas.