TPMS Goes Global
Concerns about proper tire pressure and the impact it can have on safety, fuel efficiency and carbon emissions are not exclusive to any region. When tire pressure became a national topic in the United States after a series of automobile accidents in the early 2000s, U.S. legislators included tire pressure monitoring as part of its TREAD Act legislation, aimed at increasing driver safety. Today, all new U.S. vehicles come installed with mandated tire pressure warning systems, adding to the more than 104 million TPMS-equipped vehicles on the U.S. highways. Similarly, in Canada, an estimated 70% of passenger cars & light trucks (model year 2007-2013) are TPMS-equipped as well.
The realization that proper tire pressure is so critical to the safety of drivers is now truly a worldwide movement. Many regions are making continued progress toward TPMS adoption. Primarily for environmental reasons, European countries (via United Nations regulation UNECE-R64) have adopted legislation for new models beginning in November 2012, and for all vehicles beginning in November 2014. South Korea has adopted similar TPMS legislation to that of Europe. Likewise, countries such as Japan, China and India are in the process of investigating TPMS technology as well.
Given the global adoption of TPMS, OEM vehicle manufacturers will continue to implement TPMS on vehicles they manufacture for their domestic markets as well as for those vehicles they import into TPMS-enabled regions.
Click here for a side-by-side comparison of TPMS legislation for different countries around the world.
Global Conversations about TPMS
Diverse conversations regarding proper tire inflation and TPMS technology on a global scale:
Low Tire pressure could be putting you at risk (Canada)
Excerpt: More than half of Canadian drivers drive with at least one tire improperly inflated, according to Transport Canada, which could lead to a dangerous situation such as skidding, hydroplaning or losing control of the vehicle.
Mahindra Uses TPMS to Compete in a Global Market
Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. implements TPMS snap-in valve and sensor technology across its global vehicle platform to establish an important leadership position in the domestic Indian market, while growing in global export markets.
TPMS environmental & safety benefits for European drivers
Listen to European drivers and technology experts discuss proper tyre inflation via a recent interview on BBC radio.
Global Adoption of TPMS
An insider look at the introduction and evolution of TPMS worldwide via Carl Wacker, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Schrader.
European Legislation for TPMS
Media articles related to TPMS adoption within Europe:
- EU drivers still under-inflate their tyres
- TPMS market set to boom in Europe as battle looms over performance standards (from European Rubber Journal)
- Tyre Pressure Monitoring (excerpt from Tyre Trade News)
- Legislation to Prevent Accidents May Comprise Road Safety (from Tire Industry News)
Globally, mandates for TPMS legislation are picking up steam. In Europe, driven by the desire for CO2 reduction, legislation for a TPMS mandate was agreed upon and passed by the European parliament in November 2009, with implementation phase-in starting in 2012 and 100 percent compliance by 2014. TPMS offers an average of around 2 percent improved fuel economy and is seen as one of several fuel efficiency improvements that European car makers are undertaking to reach the new standards for average fleet CO2 emission levels. Of course safety is also regarded as an important benefit, but critically the CO2 reduction has driven the legislation to a more stringent accuracy level than the TREAD Act in the United States.
Following the lead of U.S. and European TPMS mandates, Asia represents the next large vehicle region ripe for TPMS legislation. Japan, Korea, China and India are all currently in the process of adopting similar legislation. Korea has already confirmed its intention with legislation, now confirmed just two months behind the European timeline for full implementation. Japan, China and India are expected to follow, most likely within a year or two of these dates, with conservative estimates of Japan in 2017, China in 2018 and India in 2019.