LOUISVILLE, KY -- Wabco's Integrated Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring system provides drivers with real-time tire pressure information. The announcement was made at the Mid-America Trucking Show in March.

By using IVTM, customers can maintain tire inflation at an optimum level that can reduce fuel consumption up to two percent, Wabco claims, and increase the lifetime of tires up to 20% percent.

It fits all wheel sizes and all types of light, medium and heavy-duty commercial vehicles with up to 20 wheels. It also helps prevent vehicle downtime and reduce repair costs.

IVTM improves vehicle safety as correct tire inflation enables better road handling and shorter braking distance. It also detects slow leaks which contribute to heat build-up, the cause of the majority of tire failures.

"Wabco's new and improved technology for tire pressure monitoring is the industry's only tire information system of its kind for trucks, buses and trailers," said Nikhil Varty, Wabco vice-president, Americas. "Our unique IVTM system enables vehicle manufacturers and fleets to benefit from Wabco's newest advancements in vehicle safety and efficiency."

The IVTM system uses external wheel-mounted sensors to constantly measure tire pressure and wirelessly transmit information to an electronic control unit. The ECU alerts the driver to tire pressure changes either through the factory-installed dashboard display or via an easily mounted dedicated display.

WABCO's new IVTM is the latest generation of technology pioneered in 2003 in collaboration with Michelin. IVTM is a trademark of Michelin.