Jeep selects SmarTire system

June 12, 2002 — DaimlerChrysler selected SmarTire Systems Inc.’s MEMS-based tire monitoring system for the Jeep Grand Cherokee Concierge concept car, SmarTire said in a news release.

The vehicle, unveiled Tuesday at the automaker’s Innovation Symposium in Stuttgart, Germany, incorporates the sensors for measuring tire pressure and temperature with an air pump that automatically reinflates tires to optimal levels. The Concierge has other features designed to maximize safety, comfort and convenience with innovative technologies, the report said.

SmarTire’s system is one of two types that must be installed on vehicles by the 2004 model year. The federal ruling issued earlier this month grew out of act passed by U.S. lawmakers in 2000 after receiving reports of Ford Explorers rolling over when the treads on their underinflated Bridgestone/Firestone tires separated.


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