By Denna Bowman
Continental are in the process of developing a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) which will be able to report to smart phones via pressure sensors in intelligent tyres.
The ‘filling assistant’ system will let drivers know when they reach the right pressure while inflating their tyres and alert them if a tyre suffers gradual loss of inflation due to a puncture, according to a report in Tyres and Accessories magazine.
The application, developed by Continental’s Interior Division, communicates wirelessly with the smartphone and specifies the exact inflation pressure of each tyre using a brief honk and blink signal can be given to confirm when the tyre has been inflated to the correct pressure level.
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.
Dr. Burkhard Wies, head of Continental’s passenger tyre development, announced: “This speedy and uncomplicated system not only adds to the user friendliness of the car but also enhances vehicle safety and efficiency.
“The driver is also warned of a gradual loss of inflation pressure resulting from an embedded nail or a damaged valve. At the same time, the environment also benefits, as the proper tyre pressure keeps road resistance and thus fuel consumption low.”
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 from 2013.