Tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) use IoT-enabled wireless sensors in commercial or consumer tires to measure tire pressure and alert drivers when tire pressure reaches potentially unsafe levels.
In 2017, 738 total motor vehicle traffic fatalities were caused by tire-related crashes. Besides the danger to human life, unsafe tire pressure can reduce vehicle performance and fuel efficiency and cause costly downtime to logistics fleets if managed improperly.
TPMS eliminates the need for drivers to manually check tire pressure, likewise eliminating the potential for human error. These systems ensure that tire pressure is always at optimal levels, not only preventing accidents but increasing fuel efficiency and reducing the daily wear and tear on tires.
Tire pressure monitoring systems can be direct or indirect. Direct systems measure the actual air pressure inside of a tire and indirect systems measure the speed of tire rotations to determine if tire performance is outside of normal levels. Both systems send alerts to the user’s mobile device if tire pressure decreases below safe levels or is changing quickly, allowing users to seek repairs immediately or before getting back on the road.