The patented system features a valve with a built-in radio frequency unit that simply screws onto the valve stem. Its unique ultra low power usage allows for a much smaller construction than that of conventional TPMS sensors. A passenger car version integrated to a snap-in valve will also be demonstrated.
By emitting a tyre’s pressure, temperature and unique identification number every 4 seconds, this TPMS provides vehicle maintenance managers with a comprehensive pressure status of their fleet. The data can be read by vehicle inspectors with mobile devices, or with an innovative gate solution allowing 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” says Neil Purves, Bridgestone Europe.
The Bridgestone TPMS is available as from second half of 2011 for commercial vehicles operating under a Bridgestone Total Fleet Management contract.
The eSafety Challenge promotes and highlights the life-saving potential of advanced vehicle safety technologies. The event, which includes demonstrations by celebrity drivers, conferences, exhibitions and expert panels, is co-funded by the FIA Foundation, European Commission and eSafetyAware.
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.