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HELP: Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram testing new disabled vehicle alert tech

It’s like a virtual flare gun.

Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram parent brand Stellantis is testing a new car-to-car alert system to warn drivers of disabled vehicles on the road.

About 1.8 million of the company’s vehicles sold since 2018 are equipped with a built-in Emergency Vehicle Alert System (EVAS) that works with their Uconnect infotainment systems.

It is currently able to notify drivers when there is an emergency vehicle that’s connected to the HAAS Alert’s Safety Cloud in the area.

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Drivers get the alerts up to 20 seconds before they reach the disabled or emergency vehicle. (Stellantis)

The Hazard Enhanced Location Protocol (HELP) is being tested for both manual and automatic activation that can be triggered by an accident or tire blowout.

According to technology partner Emergency Safety Solutions Inc., over 15,000 people are injured or killed each year in breakdown situations. HELP can offer a lead time of 15 to 20 seconds to approaching vehicles.

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“We put trust in our cars that we will move safely from point A to point B,” Mamatha Chamarthi, Stellantis head of global software business management, told the outlet.

“1.2 million people get killed in car crashes every year (worldwide), and it’s a foundational responsibility that we have as an automotive company and at Stellantis to return as many customers happy back to their families. We provide comfort. We provide peace of mind through connected services.”

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