RICHMOND, British Columbua, (June 12, 2002) — A tire pressure monitoring system developed by SmarTire Systems Inc. has been included on a concept car unveiled at the DaimlerChrysler Innovation Symposium, held June 11 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The SmarTire monitoring system was installed on a Jeep Grand Cherokee Concierge, a prototype introduced by the Liberty and Technical Affairs advanced technology development group of DaimlerChrysler A.G. in Auburn Hills, Mich., according to Richmond-based SmarTire.
The system includes a tire-monitoring sensor mounted to the back of the valve stem inside each tire and a centralized receiver, SmarTire said. Sensors measure tire pressure and temperature and transmit information to the receiver. Abnormal changes in pressure or temperature result in warnings to the driver.
Installed on the Concierge in conjunction with an automatic tire air pump, the combined system automatically re-inflates tire pressure to a specified level, ensuring optimal inflation of tires under different situations and temperatures, SmarTire said.
"With recent (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) rulings, vehicle safety is at the top of the agenda for the auto industry," said Robert Rudman, SmarTire president and CEO. "Having the SmarTire monitoring system showcased at the DaimlerChrysler Innovation Symposium is a significant achievement for SmarTire and a recognition of tire monitoring as a fundamental feature of vehicle safety."