For safer and greener fleets
Automation Systems Manager at Bridgestone Europe, Neil Purves, says “Pressure maintenance is critical to keeping our roads safe. Often it is running at low pressure for a prolonged period of time that causes tyres to finally fail.”
As truck tyre failure can cause the tyre to break up, forcing following traffic to take sudden action to avoid debris in the road, early warning and remedial action through TPMS can help prevent dangerous situations. In addition to the safety aspect, a fleet with correct tyre pressures will run with longer tyre life, optimal fuel economy and reduced CO2 output.
Patented valve system
The TPMS system that Bridgestone is introducing across Europe features a patented valve with a unique Radio Frequency (RF) unit. Specific valves are available for commercial vehicles and passenger cars. These RF units emit the tyre pressure, temperature and unique identification number every 4 seconds, giving the unit a lifespan of a minimum of 3 years.
The system is rolling out as a tool within Bridgestone’s Total Fleet Management package which provides full tyre maintenance services within a fleet. Using either detector gates mounted at the fleet premises or handheld data-collection units, vehicle maintenance managers will now be able to receive targeted pressure alerts so they can quickly react before a low pressure turns into a tyre failure.
Note for journalists
The eSafety Challenge is an annual event that promotes and highlights the life-saving potential of advanced vehicle safety technologies. It is co-funded by the FIA Foundation, European Commission and eSafetyAware.
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.