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Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert system keeps you rolling on the proper pressure

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May 29, 2012

No more pressure gauges - Easy Fill Tire Alert uses your car's horn to let you know the ti...

No more pressure gauges - Easy Fill Tire Alert uses your car's horn to let you know the tire is full

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If you're in the market for a new Nissan, you may just be able to throw away your tire gauge and erase terms like "cold pressure" from your mind. Nissan is launching what it calls the Easy Fill Tire Alert system, an intuitive feature that handles everything about tire pressure save for actually putting the air in.

The US Department of Transportation recommends checking your tire pressure (and that includes the spare tire in your trunk or hanging on the underside of your car) at least once every month. Now take a short, little trip down memory lane to late April ... have you checked your tire pressure since then? I'm betting there are a lot of "nos" out there, and I'm no exception. It's definitely been more than a month for me.

Newer cars have various types of sensor systems that let you know when you need to add air, but they can be finicky and unspecific. The system on my Nissan Murano, for instance, activates a warning light when tire pressure is low, but it doesn't show which tire it is and it automatically activates even if you're just a single psi off, practically begging you to ignore it.

The Nissan Easy Fill Tire Alert takes sensor-based pressure monitoring to a new level of convenience. It not only monitors your tire pressure and lets you know when you're low, but it actually displays the problematic tire and exact pressure, so there's no guessing or checking every single tire just because one happens to be 1 psi off.

Using the instrument cluster display, the Easy Fill system shows you which tire is low and...

The Easy Fill system also serves as a digital gauge when filling your tires. Instead of dealing with cold pressure measurements and those annoying pressure gauges affixed to the gas station pump, you can simply start pumping. The car's lights will flash to let you know that air is going into the tire, and the car will honk when you've reached pressure. If, for some reason, you happen to miss that cue and begin to overfill the tire, the car will start flashing more quickly and will honk three times. You then know to let out air, and the car will again honk when you're down to proper pressure.

When it comes down to it, the Easy Fill system takes away the little amount of brain work involved in keeping your tires at pressure. Plus, it gives you one less thing to worry about on your already busy schedule. Keeping your tires at pressure will give you safer, more efficient performance from your car.

The Easy Fill Tire System will debut on the 2013 Altima and will be standard equipment on all 2013 models. Watch it in action in the video below.

Source: Nissan

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9 Comments

More crap to go wrong, how hard is it to check your tyres? If you can ignore your car sloshing around you can ignore a dash warning. The system on my Jeep has been heaps of drama and chooses to ignore that half the time when 4x4ing you deliberately lower the tyre pressure

Ozuzi
29th May, 2012 @ 05:24 pm PDT

Nice system, though I don't like the horn bit. It would be a lot better if they implemented some other designs that re-inflate the tires, and calibrate it to keep a steady pressure. For this there's nitrogen, sure, but I'm talking about eliminating the need to stop and refill air. With Nissan's design I think there will be situations where driving at high speed would suddenly make the horn go off.

Nitrozzy Seven
30th May, 2012 @ 04:47 am PDT

I'm certainly not keeping THAT tire pressure gauge in my glove box... Agree with you Ozuzi - too much electronics these days.

agulesin
30th May, 2012 @ 07:53 am PDT

Do not want. And if I did want, I could have had it on a Mercedes 20 years ago.

Jon A.
30th May, 2012 @ 11:01 am PDT

Totally the wrong attitudes in the comments. Incorrect tire pressure drop fuel mileage significantly. Even good drivers don't check all the time. This is the perfect function for a computer to monitor. Re-inflate? Maybe, but that would be a much more complicated system, and more failure prone. I think this strikes a nice balance, and I don't see why it would be problematic given today's technology.

noriega
30th May, 2012 @ 12:47 pm PDT

this is old tech. my jeep commander shows tire pressure for each tire. my prius just shows when pressure is low and does not show what tire is low. its broken on my prius, the low pressure light is always on.

kar
30th May, 2012 @ 12:57 pm PDT

It's old, easy to check them, anything, but today many things takes our attention and we forget about them.

agulesin, even Dacia 1300 had TV on the board in 1993, if the owner wanted it.

The Fill Tire Alert should be on any standard car...

Iosif Eugen Olimpiu
30th May, 2012 @ 01:57 pm PDT

New cars suck wind, TPMS used to be the driver, lane assist used to be the driver, blind spot assist used to be THE DRIVER, drive your car or stay off the bloody road, I agree Ozuzi

Bill Bennett
30th May, 2012 @ 07:23 pm PDT

Surely this is a no brainer. ABS systems monitor the turning of all wheels so all you need is a chip with code to deduce when a tyres's pressure is wrong by analysing ABS sensor data to see when a wheel is turning consistently faster than the others (low pressure) or more slowly (high pressure). It is possible, though unlikely, that all tyres are low by the same amount but a more sophisticated system could interact with factory GPS units and look at wheel rotational frequency vs rate of change of position (I know this is velocity but position data is more likely to be accessible externally).

Gerry Lavell
5th June, 2012 @ 09:57 pm PDT
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