Bridgestone, Continental to develop tire pressure monitoring systems

Bridgestone and Continental AG are joining forces to develop an advanced tire pressure monitoring system for commercial vehicles. The companies plan to begin mass producing the system in 2007. Tire-pressure monitoring systems could help enhance safety and lower vehicle maintenance costs by alerting drivers to improper air pressure, which accelerates tire wear and can cause tires to fail. The technology Bridgestone and Continental are using centers on a batteryless module for installation on the inside surface of tires. The sensor will detect air pressure and temperature, and will contain a readable and writable ID tag. Wheel arch modules will pick up the measurements and supply energy to the tire module. The companies will also develop technologies to allow drivers and maintenance personnel to monitor the sensor readings.