Right of the bat, let me tell you that the service mechanic fitted the TPMS unit at a local tyre shop; however, the software calibrations and settings were updated in-house at the service centre. Since the mechanic didn't show the sensors to us, we can't really comment on its build quality.
The TPMS unit, which is in the beta testing phase currently, will be available as an official accessory at a cost of Rs 5,000. Ather claims that the company is testing the unit for Indian road conditions and analyzing the data to evaluate and fine-tune the feature.
That said, once the update is done, users can see the scooter’s tyre pressure under the ‘Tyre Info’ tab on the display or on the mobile app (once the app is updated). It also gives out info on the optimum tyre pressure, low/high tyre pressures, and when it is a safety hazard to ride on over/under-inflated tyres.
Now, the TPMS unit does its job as designated. However, we would’ve liked to access the tyre info data on the go, which can otherwise only be accessed when the scooter is at a standstill. But, what’s notable is that you do get a warning sign on the display while riding, which informs you of a tyre pressure malfunction.
Once inside the tyre info menu, you can check which tyre has low pressure, and if it is ok to continue riding. However, should you notice a safety hazard, it is always advisable to inflate the tyres to the right pressure and then continue with the ride. In our usage, the system did throw a warning sign once, when the scooter was parked for over a week, and the pressure was well below the required spec. And the good thing is that I got a notification on my Smartphone even before I had started the scooter. So, I was well-prepared with a tyre inflator.