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Vienna, Austria -- Bridgestone will present and demonstrate its new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) for commercial vehicles at the eSafety Challenge 2011 near Vienna on 31 May.
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 system currently can be read only by a person with a reader, or when the vehicle passes through a gate. Bridgestone did not say it can be read by on-board electronics.
â€œIn 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 pressureâ€ says Neil Purves, Bridgestone Europe.
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Press release from Bridgestone