Firestone Industrial Products Company unveiled a fully integrated, intelligent air-spring sensor at the IAA Commercial Vehicles show in Hannover, Germany.
Firestone’s intelligent air-spring sensor reduces air compressor times by up to 80% compared to mechanical ride height control, improving vehicle efficiency, according to the company. Intelligent air-spring sensors are also completely integrated into the air spring, protecting them from environmental wear.
“Intelligent air-spring sensors will take the guesswork out of predictive analytics for commercial trailer drivers and fleet owners and will become a key element for the connected vehicle of the future,” said Craig Schneider, president, FSIP. “The first-ever intelligent air-spring sensor to fully integrate into the electronic leveling system is just the latest example of our industry leadership, which dates back to the 1930s, when FSIP patented the first pneumatic suspension device.”
The sensors have smart capabilities, including load detection, pressure sensing, and predictive maintenance to provide fleet owners with as much information as possible. Firestone noted. The company said this measn owners can accurately monitor total vehicle health in real time and improve the safety of their drivers and cargo.
The design also enables electric height control, which could make an impact on electric vehicles in the future.