Bluetooth is changing the way tire pressure is monitored and expanding the way it can be used. No longer will it just be used for hands free phone calls or music, but instead can play a large impact on your personal safety when driving or taking a trip somewhere. Able to operate off of Android smartphones or Internet Operating Systems, Fobo has come up with a new tire monitoring system that both Bluetooth and sensors sensor’s to actively keep track tire pressure, and provide real time information to users around the clock.
While the company formerly used their services to track down items has now branched out and has started to monitor tires in real time. Already there have been ones in existence for both bicycles and motorcycles, this is the first of its kind to branch out to vehicles such as cars and trucks. Just as it easily reads and sends your smartphone information, it’s just as easy to install. Besides downloading the app to your smart phone it’s as simple as two double A batteries for the “in car” piece and one CR2032 battery button for each sensor that goes on the tires. The tire gauge then connects to the smartphone and you’re all set to go.
Each sensor allows and provides information for each tire that gives out individual readings. When tires drop below a certain pressure an alert is immediately sent to your phone notifying you as well as when the tires hit a dangerous level which the computer then deems unsafe to continue to operate the vehicle. For those who get in a hurry and sometimes forget their mobile device at home, the in car unit takes over and will continue to provide you with real time alerts and information. For those who may own a car lot or multiple vehicles, the Fobo Bluetooth tire pressure monitor is set up to keep up with that of 20 cars at once.
Fobo goes on to report that the sensors are extremely easy to steal for anyone trying to use them without owner consent, but would be extremely pointless as they are coded to each individual vehicle, meaning they won’t work on another vehicle if stolen. Some other great perks of owning these sensors are they are built to last in essentially any environment (hot or cold) and are water proof so you’ll never have to worry about them shorting out due to natural elements. Typically the batteries will last you about two years each and will cost approximately $90 for the app, in car unit and four sensors for each tire. If things continue to progress smoothly, Fobo is hoping to launch the first of its products sometime in November of this year.
With an invention like this I think it’s safe to say that Fobo will possibly be saving a lot of lives as not everyone is prone to paying attention to tire levels or takes notice when they start getting low. This could really mean preventing a life or death situation in the event of an accident.