RICHMOND, British Columbia (May 28, 2002) — SmarTire Systems Inc. is showcasing a tire monitoring system for motorcycles at Reifen 2002 this week in Essen, Germany.
Held every two years, Reifen International is the largest European tire exhibition. This year's show features approximately 380 exhibitors from 38 countries and attendees from more than 80 countries. SmarTire is exhibiting in partnership with its German distributor, Seehase Autostyling GmbH.
“There is a great demand in the motorcycle industry for safety-focused products…” said Robert Rudman, SmarTire president and CEO.
With the motorcycle safety system, tires are equipped with lightweight sensors that monitor tire pressure and temperature. The sensors transmit signals to a receiver connected to an ultra-bright LED display in view of the rider. If tire pressure changes, the rider will be alerted by a warning light. If pressure continues to decrease, the light will flash, indicating serious pressure loss.
By identifying problems early, riders can take precautions to avoid accidents and the risk of being stranded on the roadside, SmarTire said. The system can be fitted to all standard motorcycles and is scheduled for commercial release by the end of this year.
Richmond-based SmarTire develops and markets tire monitoring systems for the automotive and transportation industries.