Indirect TPMS is on the up

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NIRA Dynamics is working hard to keep up with demand for its ESC-and-software-based, indirect TPMS solution, according to project manager, Martin Petersson. The drivers behind this ‘boom’ are apparently some issues with the maintenance of direct TPMS-equipped vehicles in the aftermarket, together with the march of legislation mandating TPMS on new cars.

NIRA has recently benefited from Volkswagen Group’s decision to fit indirect TPMS to all of its mainstream vehicles to meet the demands of ECE R64 in Europe and FMVSS 138 in the USA, where the VW Jetta – fitted with the NIRA system – recently passed its NHTSA TPMS certification testing. Nevertheless, the firm is also pursuing business with other OEMs, and has a firm production contract for 2014.

Looking further ahead, Petersson reports healthy interest in ESC with built-in TPMS from Chinese OEMs. The government in China has already stated its intention to make TPMS mandatory, although the date has yet to be confirmed, and nor is it clear whether the regulation will be based on the existing ECE R64 criteria.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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