- TPMS Update Plus Transport extends TPMS Pro to become a full-fledged TPMS service unit for commercial vehicles
- Ideal for fleet managers and for commercial vehicle workshops that maintain and inspect truck, bus and trailer tires
- A one-year license ensures that the latest data from all major European commercial vehicle manufacturers is always available
Schwalbach, Germany, March 24, 2022. What is standard practice in the passenger car sector will also soon become mandatory for commercial vehicle workshops and fleet operators: According to the European Union’s General Safety Regulation, heavy commercial vehicles such as trucks and their trailers or buses must be gradually equipped with TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system) sensors, as early as July 2022 for all newly homologated vehicle models. From 2024 on, all new vehicles must be equipped with TPMS. Therefore, the technology company Continental expands its commercial vehicle servicing product range with TPMS Update Plus Transport for tire pressure monitoring and maintenance of tire pressure monitoring systems on tractor units and semitrailers.
The update is simply flashed to the TPMS Pro service unit, which has proven itself in the passenger automobile sector for many years. In this way, commercial vehicle tire workshops and fleet operators can cover all the necessary service steps, from reading and programming the sensors to creating the necessary documentation. The extensive database is updated regularly and covers all common European commercial vehicle manufacturers. “The transportation industry is facing many changes in the coming years,” explains Filip Kevilj, Product Manager for Diagnostics and Service Devices at Continental. “Continental is a partner with a great deal of experience in tires and service equipment, and we aim to provide workshops with as much support as possible when they implement this transformation.”
Thanks to the TPMS Pro testing and programming device, commercial vehicle workshops can now perform individual tire service for commercial vehicles safely and efficiently. However, the TPMS Update Plus Transport database extension can do more than simply activate and test TPMS sensors. “The service unit can store and manage up to twenty-six wheels per commercial vehicle and flexibly configure axle and tire configuration at the same time, even with twin tires,” says Filip Kevilj. Thanks to the latest RF (radio frequency) technology, all the sensor data for twin tires can be acquired in one single operation.
The license period for TPMS Update Plus Transport is one year. It includes regular updates of the database for TPMS sensors, vehicle models, protocols and sensor teaching procedures during this period. This ensures that workshops can always offer their customers a service that is based on the latest information.
Just recently, Continental announced that it would be marketing the service units and devices of the group’s VDO brand under the Continental brand. The change in brand identity is also intended to strengthen the technological competence and know-how of the Continental brand in the aftermarket. However, workshops can continue to rely on the premium quality of the products – that is something that will never change.