Bridgestone, Continental to jointly develop commercial TPMS

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Bridgestone Corp. and Continental AG have agreed to join forces in developing an advanced tire pressure monitoring system for commercial vehicles.

The companies plan to start mass-producing the system in 2007 and hope to position it as a global standard.

The technology contains a battery-free sensor that would be installed on a tire´s inside surface instead of on the wheel. The sensor will detect air pressure and temperature "and it will contain a readable and writable identification tag," according to Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.

Bridgestone and Continental also will develop "peripheral technologies" that will let drivers and techs monitor the sensor´s readings.

Bridgestone will exhibit the system at this year´s Tokyo Motor Show.

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