2012-12-19: NIRA News Quarterly
The eighth issue of our NIRA Newsletter is out now.
2012-10-14: NIRA News Quarterly
The seventh issue of our NIRA Newsletter is out now.
2012-08-05: NIRA News Extra Issue
2012-07-23: Indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems - Myths and Facts
TÜV SÜD has tested TPI by NIRA and a competitor’s system to see what current iTPMS are capable of. From load changes via winter tires to hi-speed and zero-pressure-detection.
2011-07-05: NIRA Dynamics in cooperation with Hyundai Mobis
NIRA Dynamics and the ESP manufacturer Hyundai Mobis agreed on a pre-development project. During four months, NIRA will run tests on a vehicle with a prototype TPI installed into and adapted to Mobis hardware. Further agreements will depend on the results of the test project.
2011-05-27: NHTSA granted VW/Audi petition regarding Audi A6 compliance with FMVSS138
Monday, May 23rd 2011, US traffic safety administration NHTSA finally decided about the assessment of the compliance test results carried out with an Audi A6 equipped with NIRA TPI in June 2009.
During the testing in San Angelo, Texas, all deflation tests went perfectly as expected but in the final malfunction tests, there had been an issue about illuminating and re-illuminating the malfunction lamp. The root cause were two independent malfunction detection functions in the vehicle. Audi/VW have reacted immediately and irrespective of the minor impact, modified the functions in series production and in parallel, applied for “inconsequential noncompliance” as the traffic or passenger safety had never been at stake.
NHTSA has now officially declared that they share this view, follow the argumentation and consequentially, grant the petition from Volkswagen - see the extract from the Federal Register.
2011-03-10: Automotive Industries interview with NIRA CEO
An interview with our CEO Predrag Pucar has been published in the March 2011 issue of Automotive Industries. The success of TPI and the company strategy is covered in the article.
2011-02-25: Selected reading from Tire Technology Expo 2011
We suggest a look at the presentation from Tire Technology Expo 2011 given by Dr Thomas Roscher at Audi AG. It provides a nice overview of what already has been achieved with TPMSs from an OEM perspective, and what benefits such systems (both direct and indirect) give.
The conclusion is that systems complying with FMVSS138 and ECE R-64 give enhanced safety, good driving dynamics and comfort, and ensure better fuel economy. Having that accomplished the recommendation is to focus on customer perception and nuisance free systems so that these kind of system get a good customer acceptance. Read the presentation here.
2011-02-14: TPI in over 1 000 000 vehicles - and still counting
NIRA Dynamics has reached the magic number of 1 million TPI applications in a range of vehicles on the market. The type of vehicles are in the span from small cars to SUVs. Involved OEMs are very satisfied with the performance of the system and the ECE R-64 fulfillment will further boost the number of vehicles in the future where TPI is the chosen TPMS.
2011-01-15: NIRA Dynamics has a new CEO
As of January 15, 2011, Dr Predrag Pucar is the new CEO of NIRA Dynamics AB.
2010-11-15: TÜV Süd Automotive report confirms ECE-R 64 compliance of TPI
TÜV Süd Automotive has successfully tested the first ECE-R 64 compliant TPI release in an Audi A4 with 3 different tire sets. The complete report is available for download.
2009-12-16: Decision on TPMSs a success for the environment and for traffic safety in Europe
Sweden’s NIRA Dynamics welcomes the decision on new technical guidelines for tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) in Europe. “This means that our indirect tyre pressure monitoring system, TPI, can continue to be used in Europe in the future. As such it marks a step forward for safety and the environment,” says President & CEO Dr. Urban Forssell.
Working Party 29 of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, UNECE, recently took a decision regarding new guidelines for tyre pressure monitoring systems in Europe. The EU Commission wants to make it compulsory to fit such systems in new cars as of November 1, 2012. The EU is expected to formally ratify the above decision in early 2011.
The decision of Working Party 29 deals with new performance requirements for both direct and indirect tyre pressure warning systems.
“Our own software-based indirect tyre pressure system, TPI, is both safe and environmentally friendly and needs no further parts built into the vehicle” relates Dr. Forssell. The system analyses signals from the car’s electronic stability control system and other electronic systems to detect if one or more tyres has insufficient pressure, alerting the driver if low pressure is detected.
“Having the correct tyre pressure is important to safety. What is more, it helps reduce both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions since the tyre’s rolling resistance and friction against the road surface are reduced,” explains Dr. Forssell.
2009-06-03: Article in Vehicle Dynamics International
2009-06-01: Vehicle Dynamics Expo, June 18, 2009
NIRA Dynamics will participate in the Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart, June 16-18, 2009.
2009-01-15: Article in Vision Zero Intl., 2009
An article about TPI, "Safety Aspects of Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems", has been published in the Vision Zero International magazine. The article is authored by Dr Urban Forssell, CEO of NIRA Dynamics AB.
2008-10-29: TPI shortlisted for Vehicle Dynamics International Award 2008
The Vehicle Dynamics International magazine has announced the nominees for its Vehicle Dynamics International Awards 2008, and NIRA Dynamics TPI was then shortlisted for the Innovation of the Year Award for 2008. For more information see http://www.ukipme.com/vdi_awards.html.
2008-05-30: Frost & Sullivan Award for Product of the year
The "2008 European Automotive Chassis Product of the Year Award" is presented to NIRA Dynamics AB for its tire pressure indicator TPI: "NIRA has relentlessly pursued signal processing technology and innovation, which have been bred into the company's culture since its founding in 2001. This resulted in the company being recognised by vehicle manufacturers as an ideal partner for working on challenging research and development projects. [...] NIRA has launched a unique technology that provides benefits to vehicle manufactures and end users, and is therefore the deserving recipient of this Accolade." Read more »
2008-05-29: NIRA Dynamics featured in AUTO 2008
NIRA Dynamics and TPI are featured in an Editorial in the publication AUTO 2008.
2008-05-06: Vehicle Dynamics Expo, Stuttgart, 2008
Dr. Urban Forssell, President and CEO of NIRA Dynamics AB, presents TPI at the Technology Forum at the Vehicle Dynamics Expo in Stuttgart May 8, 2008.
2008-04-28: Intelligent Tire Technology, Dearborn, 2008
NIRA Dynamics participates in the IQPC Intelligent Tire Technology conference in Dearborn, MI, USA, April 28 – 30, 2008.
2008-04-07: Article in Automotive Design and Production
TPI is featured in an article in Automotive Design and Production. The article, which has the title "Audi Rolls With Indirect TPMS", can be read here.
2008-02-18: US Court of Appeals Dismisses Lawsuit Against NHTSA
In a decision on January 22, 2008, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit dismissed Public Citizen’s lawsuit against NHTSA challenging the FMVSS 138 rule published in April 2005. The decision puts an end to the three-year dispute over the TPMS rule. In June last year the court decided that Public Citizen’s co-plaintiffs, four tire manufacturers and a industry organization, lacked standing in the dispute.
2007-12-14: Interview in Vehicle Dynamics International
In a recent interview with Vehicle Dynamics International's Adam Gavine published in issue 4, 2007 of the magazine, Dr. Urban Forssell, President & CEO of NIRA Dynamics AB, comments on the latest developments regarding TPI and the company's plans for the future. "We are working hard to launch the first vehicle with indirect TPMS in North America next year with Audi. This is a major step for us, and we see ourselves as market leaders in this technology", Forssell says in one statement. In a comment regarding the long-term strategies for the company, Forssell states "We see big potential, and want to broaden our scope of functions... This is heavy investment with a clear focus and we expect turnover to pick up rapidly over the coming years." Read the complete interview here.
2007-09-11: TPI in series production for the new Audi A4/A5
As one of the safety innovations in the recently launched Audi A4/A5 series, Audi has chosen to use NIRA Dynamics' indirect tire pressure monitoring system TPI. This marks an important second step in the development of TPI, following the first launch in the Audi TT 2006, and shows Audi’s commitment to this technology.
2005-04-13: TPI meets the requirements of the NHTSA Final Tire Rule
On April 7, 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final rule regarding Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems (TPMSs). This final rule re-establishes FMVSS No. 138, Tire Pressure Monitoring Systems, published on June 5, 2002, which was vacated by a U.S. Court of Appeals decision on August 6, 2003.
The standard applies to passenger cars, multi-purpose vehicles, trucks, and buses weighing up to 4536 kg (10000 pounds) and requires all such vehicles sold in USA to be equipped with a TPMS to alert the driver when one or more of the vehicle's tires, up to a total of all four tires, is significantly under-inflated. As reflected in the requirements and also emphasized by NHTSA in their comments to the final rule, the FMVSS No. 138 is a performance standard. In particular this means that indirect TPMSs, like TPI, can be used. With TPI NIRA Dynamics AB sets a new standard for indirect TPMSs. TPI can detect and isolate pressure drops corresponding to 25% underinflation in one, two, three, or four tires. This means that TPI gives similar customer value as direct TPMSs but to a significantly lower cost for the vehicle manufacturer since it is a software-based solution that does not require any extra hardware or sensors. Press release »
2005-04-07: NHTSA Releases Final Tire Pressure Monitoring Rule
On Thursday April 7, 2005, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) published the final tire pressure monitoring rule for the USA. The requirement will be that all new 4-wheeled vehicles weighing 10,000 pounds or less must be equipped with the monitoring system that can detect when one or more of the vehicle's tires are 25 percent or more below the recommended inflation pressure. The phase in of the new rule will be during the '06-'08 model years with 20-70-100% compliance rates, respectively. For more information see http://www.nhtsa.dot.gov/.
2004-09-20: The NPRM regarding TPMSs opens up new markets for TPI
NIRA Dynamics AB sees great opportunities for its indirect tire pressure monitoring system TPI after the publication of the notice for proposed rulemaking (NPRM) regarding tire pressure monitoring systems by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) September 16, 2004.
2004-08-09: tyre.wheel.tech 2004
NIRA Dynamics participates in the tyre.wheel.tech 2004 organized by TÜV Akademie GmbH in Munich, Germany, December 7-8 2004.
What the market says
" With the new indirect system, OEMs can install the same, low-cost TPMS system on all models, whether or not they will be sold in the US market, without installing the complicated and costly pressure sensors on each tire and RF (radio frequency) modules, as used in direct measuring systems."