Patent Number: 7,132,930

Title: Monitoring device and tire combination

Abstract: The invention provides a monitoring device and tire combination wherein an antenna is mounted to the tire in a location spaced from the monitoring device. In one embodiment, the antenna may be mounted to the tire sidewall outside the body cords of the tire. The antenna may be mounted on the outer surface of the sidewall or embedded within the body of the sidewall. The antenna is connected to the monitoring device with a connector. The connector may be electrically coupled to the monitoring device or may be connected to the monitoring device with a plug and socket connection. When the antenna is outside the body cord, the connector may extend from the antenna through the bead filler, over the top of the turn up, or under the bead ring.

Inventors: Wilson; Paul B. (Tallmadge, OH), Koch; Russell W. (Hartville, OH), Trew; Robert J. (Cary, NC)

Assignee: Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC

International Classification: B60R 25/10 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00