ERJ staff report (DS)
Hannover, Germany -- Continental said it expects to put smart tyres into series production from 2013. The news was released in connection with the announcement of an app for smart phones to track tyre pressure.
Conti said its tread-mounted pressure sensor will be configured to communicate with smartphones, allowing drivers to use their phone display as a user-friendly tyre pressure meter. An additional benefit is that the TPMS-smartphone technology overcomes issues about incorrectly calibrated gauges at garages and filling stations.
The vehicle electronics are connected wirelessly to the driver's smart phone, making speedy data exchange possible. Continental's â€œFilling Assistantâ€ specifies the exact inflation pressure of each tyre. So when adding air, the optimum tyre pressure can be achieved, even when inflation pumps at the filling station do not measure the pressure accurately.
Technical requirements for the system are a tyre pressure monitoring system with the corresponding sensors in the tyres and factory-integrated vehicle electronics with a wireless interface. From 2013, Continental expects to start mass producing the first tyres that will have sensors collecting tyre data directly in the tyre underneath the tread, instead of sensors that are connected to the valve. This, said Conti, will mark the beginning of the intelligent tyre era.
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Press release from Continental