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Under pressure: TPMS suppliers prepare for electrified, autonomous driving

Tyre pressure monitoring systems are now becoming standard automotive safety equipment, but continued improvement and the addition of features will be key for suppliers. By Xavier Boucherat

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates there are 11,000 tyre-related crashes in the US every year, and around 200 associated deaths. Such incidents commonly involve improperly inflated tyres at increased risk of blowouts and tread separation, which can prove fatal for vehicle occupants and surrounding road-users. The use of a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), which alerts drivers to poor tyre inflation, has been proven to reduce the likelihood of drivers taking to the road with underinflated tyres – in the US, NHTSA believes the likelihood falls by 55%.

TPMS first arrived on the market in the mid-1990s, and was later mandated through legislation in numerous markets. In the US, the Transportation Recall …

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