Michelin launches tyre pressure management system
Michelin will unveil its wireless tyre pressure management system (TPMS) at Automechanika in Birmingham, UK June 6-8, 2017. The Fit2Go accessory can be installed in less than three minutes and helps improve tyre performance, safety and fuel efficiency, according to Michelin’s Lifestyle division that produces non-tyre products for consumers.
The valve-mounted part of the system weighs 8g and transmits pressure and temperature data to a small, windscreen-mounted sensor. The solar-powered sensor flashes and emits an alarm if pressure is incorrect or if temperatures are too high. A separate pressure checker that uses contactless technology measures tyre pressure without unscrewing dirty valve caps, Michelin said.
Christian Delhaye, managing director of Michelin Lifestyle, said: “Running tyres at the correct pressure saves money and it saves lives. The Michelin tyre pressure management system is a low-outlay solution to a serious issue, and we believe it will be an extremely popular product. Retailers will be able to demonstrate their concern for customer safety at the same time as adding revenue.” The Michelin TPMS can be used with caravans and trailers in addition to in-car pressure monitoring technology. Fit2Go will be launched first in the UK with distribution in the rest of Europe and Asia to follow. A motorcycle-compatible version is also planned by Michelin.