An advancement in the integrated monitoring of tire pressure on trucks, buses and trailers increases tire life and saves on fuel, especially when truck accidents are on the rise.
Equipment failure is among the causes of truck accidents that result in fatalities and injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in 2012 alone, there were 3,921 fatalities and 104,000 injuries from truck crashes. and the American Trucking Association reports that only about 10 percent of trucks have some form of active technology in place.
New technology offers numerous benefits
The new and improved Integrated Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring (IVTM) system enables drivers to receive tire pressure information in real-time. Developed by WABCO, IVTM works to keep tire inflation at optimum levels. As a result, fuel consumption can be reduced up to two percent.
The IVTM system increases the lifetime of tires up to 20 percent. It fits all wheel sizes as well as all types of light, medium and heavy duty commercial vehicles, even those with up to 20 wheels.
IVTM works to prevent vehicle downtime and reduces repair costs. Vehicle safety is achieved because tire inflation allows for improved road handling and shorter braking distances. This can help prevent accidents.
The system detects slow leaks, the main cause for heat build-up which in turn results in tire failures. External wheel-mounted sensors analyze tire pressure, and send their data wirelessly to an electronic control unit (ECU). The ECU alerts the vehicle’s driver to tire pressure changes. The driver receives the tires’ information through either a factory-installed dashboard display or a mounted display that is easily installed in the vehicle’s cabin. The system can also be retrofitted.
Nearly 85 percent of all tire punctures are the result of driving with incorrect air pressure when the vehicle is in motion. If a critical pressure drop occurs, the driver is warned in time. If the IVTM system is used, these incidents can be reduced by 15 percent.
In addition. when drivers check their tires’ pressures, this task can take up to 30 minutes per vehicle. IVTM can help reduce or even eliminate this work. Using the system minimizes the extra costs associated with these checks.
The use of WABCO’S IVTM not only helps save money by improving the longevity of tires, but also contributes to safety on roads.