New drive-over tyre pressure system in UK test


Pilot program is trialing an instant tyre pressure reader for cars, trucks and buses

New drive-over tyre pressure system in UK test
Scania rolling over the WheelRight system.

 

Tyre pressure maintenance may become significantly easier for motorists if WheelRight’s monitoring syste, currently being piloted in the UK, is successful.

The UK firm’s instant tyre pressure reading system details the state of a vehicle’s tyre pressure, load distribution, weight and tyre temperature via a drive-over instrument compatible with cars, trucks and buses.

The technology utilises two metal plates that analyse each wheel as the vehicle drives over the top and a camera to capture the vehicle’s number plate.

The software then provides the driver or fleet operator identified by the number plate with the results in a text message.

WheelRight’s CEO John Catling hopes the convenience of the system will encourage drivers to become more aware of their tyre pressure.

"The simplicity, ease, convenience and speed of the WheelRight system will encourage drivers to check their tyre pressures more regularly, without the need to get out of the vehicle," Catling says.

He believes the pilot program, under way at Keele Services on the UK’s M6 highway, could have a positive impact on driver mindsets.

"Highways England has identified tyre pressure under-inflation as a major cause of accidents on the UK’s roads," Catling says.

"We believe this innovation could dramatically change driver behaviours – leading to far more frequent checking of tyre pressures."

"This simple, yet vital change in culture could have a massive impact on road safety, the cost of motoring and our environment too.

"Better tyre management will save lives, and reduce petrol consumption and the need to replace tyres so often."

 

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