Continental’s tire pressure monitoring system will soon be able to report to smart phones. The system also provides information about the correct pressure when tires are inflated. Enhanced driving safety and fuel efficiency are expected.
The Continental “Filling Assistant” specifies
the exact inflation pressure of each tire on
Continental is making driving safer and more economical for the future with a new application that reports the tire pressure directly to a smart phone. The vehicle electronic is connected wirelessly with the driver’s smart phone, therefore making speedy data exchange possible. The Continental Interior Division’s “Filling Assistant” specifies the exact inflation pressure of each tire. So when adding air, the optimum tire pressure can be achieved, even when inflation pumps at the filling station do not measure the pressure accurately. In addition, a brief honk and blink signal can be given to confirm when the tire has been inflated to the correct pressure level. Technical requirements for the system are a tire pressure monitoring system with the corresponding sensors in the tires and factory-integrated vehicle electronics with a wireless interface. First series production of the Filling Assistant in new vehicles is expected from 2013 onwards.
A brief honk and blink signal can be given to confirm when the tire has been
inflated again to the correct pressure level.
“This speedy and uncomplicated system not only adds to the user friendliness of the car but also enhances vehicle safety and efficiency,” Dr. Burkhard Wies, head of Continental’s passenger tire development, is pleased to report. “The driver is also warned of a gradual loss of inflation pressure resulting from an embedded nail or a damaged valve. At the same time, the environment also benefits, as the proper tire pressure keeps road resistance and thus fuel consumption low.”
This is the way how Smartphones can help
drivers to inflate the tires correctly in the future.
“The Filling Assistant is an example of the ever closer networking with the outside world,” adds Andreas Wolf, head of the Body & Security business unit of the Interior division. “And it is precisely this close cooperation between the various domains in vehicle construction, which will provide many more new and above all practical functions in the future.”
From 2013, Continental expects to start mass producing the first tires that will have sensors collecting tire data directly in the tire underneath the tread, instead of sensors that are connected to the valve. This will mark the beginning of the intelligent tire era.