Continental, international automotive supplier has recommended car manufacturers worldwide to make use of consistent direct measuring technology for ensuring that the vehicle tires in their new models are always inflated at an optimum level, which comes following increasing requirements to measure tire pressure.
This recommendation also reflects the important potential of this direct measuring technology which makes it possible to make bigger contributions towards reduction of Carbon Dioxide. The Continental AG’s member of executive board and the interior division head, Helmut Matschi, said that monitoring of the direct tire pressure is to showcase the many benefits that a driver and vehicle manufacturer derive when the make the right technology choice, making the entire system accountable.
This technology is a lot superior in accuracy and speed on the immediate functional level. However, when you take a look at the increased driving comfort and safety which can be created on this system if sensors are used in the tire, a strong case can be built for measurement of direct pressure.
The Direct Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems have been based on the sensor located inside tires which collect accurate, direct and fast readings of temperature and air pressure at any given time, any driving speed and under different road conditions. Indirect systems will then calculate the air pressure instead of measuring it actively, based on the information provided from the speed sensors in the wheel.
According to the company, this indirect principal is not enough to ensure the planned levels of fuel economy and therefore is not capable to meet the CO2 targets set by Europe. To reduce Carbon Dioxide emissions, the TPMS will become compulsory in more countries than before.
Adding to the current legislation for passenger vehicles in America, Phase 1 of the TPMS will be made compulsory in the EU by 2012 and by 2013 in Korea. Phase 1 was the first step taken to help car operators reduce their consumption of fuel. Phase 2 is planned in Europe to further guarantee the plan to reduce carbon dioxide emissions and for raising the overall safety level followed by using all the available reasonable measures.
The need behind both the Phases of legislation is to upgrade the grade of optimum inflated tires, which are caused for instance by unnoticed, gradual and slow loss of air. Because of direct systems, gradual loss of air can be recognized with a higher precision and faster reaction. Direct TPMS helps to reveal the problem quickly as it works in tighter thresholds.
By giving the driver accurate and critical tire information, the driver is able to react efficient to the situation. By taking corrective and quick action, the safety of the vehicle is increased as proper inflation of tire ensures ideal vehicle handling, which helps to reduce the tire rolling resistance. This will directly translate into decreased consumption of fuel and increased tire life.
Continental TPMS helps to improve the quality of information that the driver receives, however it can be used even in increasing the driving comfort and safety beyond ensuring just proper inflation of the tire. Once each of the tires is equipped with this sensor, the information is made available via networking to driver assistance systems.
The tire sensor in combination with the Continental app which has been named as Filling Assistant, can contact the smart phone of the driver for communicating the present pressure level, irrespective of the precision of the equipment. Moreover, the company’s intelligent tire modules go one step further by delivering info on the immediate distortions of the rolling tire. In a sensor fusion method, this sensor can also be used for detecting the first stages of aquaplaning.