Bridgestone presents new commercial vehicle, passenger car TPMS
At this year’s eSafety Challenge, which begins in Vienna on May 30, Bridgestone will present and demonstrate two new tyre pressure monitoring systems. The patented commercial system that Bridgestone will demonstrate features a valve containing a built-in radio frequency unit that screws onto the valve stem; a passenger car version integrated to a snap-in valve will also be demonstrated.
A unique feature of the TPMS unit, the tyre maker shares, is its far smaller size than conventional TPMS sensors – a quality permitted by the unit’s low power usage. The unit emits the tyre’s pressure, temperature and unique identification number every four seconds, and data can be read by vehicle inspectors with mobile devices or with a gate solution that allows immediate corrective action to be taken. “In addition to increasing vehicle safety, use of the system helps avoid the additional fuel consumption and tyre wear caused by even a small loss of tyre pressure,” commented Neil Purves, Bridgestone Europe.
The Bridgestone TPMS will be available for commercial vehicles operating under a Bridgestone Total Fleet Management contract from the second half of this year.
The eSafety Challenge is co-funded by the FIA Foundation, European Commission and eSafetyAware and aims to promote and highlight the life-saving potential of advanced vehicle safety technologies.