An initial funding of £200,000 has been announced for a project aimed at cutting emissions and increasing fuel efficiency of heavy vehicles.
HORIBA MIRA, a UK subsidiary of a Japanese engineering firm, has been chosen by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) for the project which is expected to develop and demonstrate a commercially viable automated system that will realise potential fuel savings of up to 8% by 2020.
It will be low cost to install and operate, feature automatic control to eliminate driver intervention and save the owners and operators of heavy duty vehicles significant costs.
The company will identify and evaluate potential technological solutions suitable for a wide range of vehicles including lorries, construction and agricultural vehicles.
A follow-on project could see the ETI invest an additional £750,000 to further develop and demonstrate the most promising technologies.
Deborah Stubbs, ETI Project Manager said: “Operating tyres at the correct pressure is critical to both the safe and efficient operation of a vehicle but the correct pressure can be different depending on the ground contact conditions and the type of road surface.
“The aim of this project is to design, develop and demonstrate an innovative system that can optimise the tyre operating pressure for any given condition which will help to increase fuel efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by around 8% and can be suitable for existing vehicles.”