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VDO Multi-Application Sensor will be Called REDI-Sensor

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FRANKFURT AM MAIN, GERMANY - October 23, 2013: In only a year from now – on November 1, 2014, to be exact – according to a European directive, every new car in the European Union must be fitted with a tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS). The automobile industry currently is pinning its hopes on two different technologies. In the indirect system, tire pressure is not measured actively, but calculated from the information provided by the wheel speed sensors, whereas in the direct TPM system the tire pressure is measured by sensors directly in the tire. Direct systems with their speedier and more precise measurement have technical advantages over the indirect systems. Regardless of which TPMS technology is installed in the vehicle, new car owners and workshops must recognize that next year will bring changes when it comes to tire service.

Tire service will change in 2014 –REDI-Sensor facilitates TPMS service

With more and more vehicles being equipped with tire pressure monitoring systems, this will have an impact on the workshops’ tire service and on specialist tire dealers. Vehicles with indirect systems must be recalibrated after tire pressure is changed or if a tire is replaced. For vehicles with direct systems, the easiest way to ensure proper operation, when used with both summer and winter tires, is to have an additional set of sensors. And this is where the VDO REDI-Sensor makes its mark: whereas in shop business today, virtually every vehicle now equipped with TPMS requires a specific TPMS sensor, in the future workshops will be able to equip a great many of the vehicles on the market with only three different VDO REDI-Sensors. This substantially facilitates stocking and logistics at workshops and in the parts trade.

In addition, the VDO REDI-Sensor can claim other advantages:

No additional sensor programming effort for workshops: Whereas comparable solutions must have the sensor programmed for each vehicle on the spot, i.e. in the workshop, a different approach is taken with the VDO REDI-Sensor: it is delivered “ready for installation”, meaning it is already pre-programmed and ready for the OE vehicle relearn procedure – hence the product name, which is derived from the word “ready”.

New positioning of the sensor: Most TPMS sensors currently on the market are combined with the tire valve, whereas the VDO REDI-Sensor is attached to the inner liner of the tire. This can help make sensor installation easier for workshops, and protects the sensor better against mechanical damage and dramatically reduces corrosion potential, among other advantages. Since it is positioned inside the tire, the European VDO REDI-Sensor is capable of being combined with virtually any wheel or valve stem style.

Comprehensive TPMS expertise: Continental combines the unique know-how of a leading supplier of automotive electronics with the expertise of a leading tire manufacturer, and can draw on more than ten years’ experience in the development and production of direct-measurement TPM systems. In the parts business, Continental boasts a comprehensive TPMS portfolio under the VDO brand ranging from the ContiSys Check TPMS specialty diagnostictools, to replacement TPMS sensors and service kits. It’s also noteworthy that the American REDI--Sensor, from which the European solution has now been derived, continues to be highly successful ever since being introduced in the USA in early 2011.