Police in the Netherlands recently disabled automatic braking in their VW fleet, arguing that it interferes when attempting to force cars to stop.
General Motors has launched a new safety technology suite for the Chevrolet Tahoe PPV, claimed to be the first pursuit-optimized vehicle with automatic emergency braking.
The low-speed automatic braking system is designed to reduce crash severity if the vehicle detects an imminent front-end collision and the driver hasn't already applied the brakes.
GM's Safety Alert Driver Seat can provide haptic seat-bottom vibration pulses instead of audible crash avoidance alerts, offering an alternative to noise warnings when officers need to hear radio communications.
Automatic braking seems like an obvious safety enhancement for a law-enforcement vehicle. Some cops in safety-obsessed Europe have reported critical problems, however, when such systems intervene during a high-speed chase.
DutchNews last year reported that hundreds of Volkswagen Touran police cars were sent to the garage to have automatic braking disabled. Officers complained that the braking system made it nearly impossible to chase a car or force it to stop.
"These things are obviously being bought by people behind a desk without discussing it with those on the front line," ANPV police union official Geert Priem told NOS.
It is unclear if GM has created a system that helps prevent accidents when an officer isn't paying attention to the road without unexpectedly blocking a PIT maneuver during a chase.