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SEP 2018

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44 POLICE SEPTEMBER 2018 only runs during certain types of driving conditions the hours on the engine are re- duced and oil life extended. Like the brake pads, this saves both money and vehicle downtime. Ford says that with its fuel savings and reduced cost of maintenance the 2020 PI Utility hybrid will pay back the additional cost of the hybrid powertrain in two years. Tyler adds that the vehicle will be a great that agencies have been asking for. We've been working with agencies across the country in developing this and making it right for law enforcement fleets." Other standard equipment of note on the 2020 Ford Utility hybrid includes: Bluetooth capability with pass through voice commands for Android and Apple phones, factory-installed wig wags, user- programmable steering wheel switches, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and deep sand and snow traction control. A standard feature that many officers will appreciate is that the automatic on/off headlamps revert to the last used position. On Ford's consumer vehicles the lights re- vert to automatic and turn on. "Officers don't want to start up their vehicles on a surveillance and have the lights come on," Tyler says. Ford plans to offer a number of innova- tive officer safety options on the 2020 PI Utility hybrid. Ford's new Police Perim- eter Alert system is an improved version of the Surveillance ambush alert system developed by Ford and InterMotive. e new version is factory installed and it also features better threat awareness. e old- er system had a hard time distinguishing between a jogger running parallel to the patrol vehicle and someone running right at it, according to Tyler. "e improved version uses an algorithm to determine if someone's movements present a possible threat," he says. Another officer safety option that will be available on the 2020 PI Utility hybrid is Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB). is system automatically applies the brakes if the vehicle is about to hit another car. e police version features a disable switch that allows officers to intentionally hit another vehicle when necessary. "If the officer disables the system, for exam- ple, to perform a PIT maneuver, it won't stop the vehicle," Tyler says. List price on the AEB option is $145 extra per vehicle. "AEB is a technology we really want to see police agencies adopt because we know the value of it. So we kept the MSRP on that option really low," Tyler says. e hybrid with all-wheel drive will be the standard powertrain on the 2020 PI Utility, Tyler says. But customers will have the option of a gas engine if they prefer. w w w.ford.com/police-vehicles/po- lice-interceptor/hybrid-utility/ value for agencies because it comes with $2,000 of standard equipment that is not available on the current standard model. Part of that standard equipment is a factory-installed Ford modem and a two- year subscription to the company's new telematics service. "is is manufacturer grade information telematics," Tyler says. "We know how to access all the signals in the vehicle and provide the information V E H IC L E SP O T L IGH T

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