By Patrick Raleigh, ERJ On-line news editor
Tokyo-Bridgestone Corp. and Continental AG are to jointly develop a new direct sensing tyre-pressure monitoring system for commercial vehicles. The companies aim to start volume production in 2007, said a 22 Sept Bridgestone statement.
The TPMS technology will be based on a batteryless sensor for installation on the inside surface of tyres, said Bridgestone. The system will also feature wheel arch units that pick up pressure and temperature measurements, while also supplying energy to the tyre module.
Bridgestone said it will exhibit the TPMS system at this year's Tokyo Motor Show, which is being held 2-7 Nov. Both companies said they hope the new system will become a global standard, allowing any tyre to be compatible with the pressure-sensing technology. Although neither company referred to the developments in RFID tags in their respective statements, Michelin is currently trying to develop a global standard for RFID tags on tyres.
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Press release from Continental AG
Press release from Bridgestone