The Compliance Package
Both in the US and EU, ESC systems and TPMS are already mandatory or on the way to become so. Especially for high volume passenger car manufacturers, this imposes the question on how to face this challenge with a minimum of cost and complexity and a maximum of customer satisfaction.
Equipping the vehicles with ESC systems complying with FMVSS 126 and ECE-R13H plus a separate dTPMS complying with FMVSS 138 and ECE-R64 is one option, but there is another one which is beneficial in many ways.
Vehicle manufacturers can choose an ESC system with integrated iTPMS and by doing so, comply with all major regulations regarding ESC and TPMS with one system in one swoop.
“TPI is in series production in cooperation with the three biggest and most renowned ESC manufacturers in the world and we are in contact with several more. We get the clear feedback that this integrated solution is what the vehicle manufacturers are demanding and will be even more in the future. The Volkswagen Group already goes this way, many others will follow. As a consequence, ESC suppliers not being able to offer this package will be less competitive”,says Jörg Sturmhoebel, CMO.
The cost potential is estimated to be at least 30€ per vehicle. Logistics savings, reduced complexity cost, manufacturing time, weight and spare parts handling etc. come on top. And most of all, the customers will be more satisfied and save money, too, as TPI is a maintenance-free lifetime feature.
Most of the iTPMS solutions competing with TPI are in some way tied to one ESC supplier. However, TPI with its AUTOSAR-compliant interface can easily be integrated and adapted in basically any ESC system the vehicle manufacturer selects.
For the major ESC systems, base integrations are already available making the adaptation and integration process easier and quicker.
Dr. Predrag Pucar, CEO, adds:
“We have a vision to make something like “TPI inside”, a sought-after feature for ESC systems. It is not often that solutions are so beneficial for all parties involved along the whole value chain – for environment and traffic safety, the customer, the vehicle manufacturer, and the ESC supplier.”