The rundown on retrofitting sensors

April 5, 2019
Does it make sense to retrofit sensors, or should fleets spec with a new vehicle purchase?

Technologies such as TPMS and ADAS can be added to a fleet’s current vehicles, although these may not be as smoothly integrated as sensors that are specified with a new vehicle. “The first choice will always be for the fleet to spec and purchase based on their understanding of the ROI as it relates to their business model,” says Gerry Mead, executive director of innovation, Phillips Connect Technologies. “But, there are also aftermarket solutions available that help bridge the gap between old and new equipment as a fleet executes their replacement cycle or looks to upgrade their current equipment in order to leverage the available data.”

Installation for retrofitted sensors depends largely on the fleet’s in-house technician capabilities, and on the sensor being installed. Some aftermarket solutions are relatively easy to install using manufacturer recommendations, while others are more precisely calibrated and may need to be installed by a manufacturer-trained technician.

The most critical part of installing a retrofitted sensor is to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Each manufacturer may have its own installation procedures, and failure to adhere to these can inhibit the performance of the sensor. 

About the Author

Stefanie Von Rueden | Assistant Editor - Vehicle Repair Group

Stefanie Von Rueden is assistant editor for the Vehicle Repair Group.

Von Rueden’s background includes professional writing and publishing. Previously, she worked in the Continuing Education department at UW-Whitewater. She has covered the vehicle maintenance and automotive aftermarket since 2016.

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