Source: UVeye announcement
DETROIT – Automated vehicle inspection systems at dealerships and service garages can help car owners avoid accidents and save lives by detecting hard-to-find tire and underbody problems.
More than 45 percent of the respondents in a recent national survey of service personnel at car dealerships and repair garages by UVeye indicates that automated tire-inspection systems would more accurately pinpoint serious problems and help ensure customer safety.
Automated camera-based underbody inspections also have proven to be much faster and more accurate in finding critical safety problems related to brake, fuel and steering systems.
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While more than 80 percent of the garages surveyed offer routine low-cost spring or winter vehicle checks, most visual inspections are done in less than 15 minutes and are able to identify safety-related issues less than 40 percent of the time.
The survey indicated that nearly 60 percent of all tire checks are based entirely on a visual shop-floor inspection. Furthermore, only six percent of the service departments surveyed today rely solely on automated systems. UVeye, an Israeli-based supplier of high-technology inspection systems, estimates that even fewer underbody inspections are automated.
Drive-through camera-based inspection systems are faster and can detect safety defects more accurately, according to Amir Hever, UVeye’s CEO. Using artificial intelligence and machine-learning technologies, a tire-inspection system can identify within seconds a tire’s brand and technical specifications, while capturing pressure, tread depth, sidewall damage and other potential safety problems.
An automated underbody inspection can take less than 90 seconds to check for a wide variety of problems as well. Multiple high-resolution cameras are able to generate thousands of images per second to pinpoint missing components, damage and other safety-related issues much more accurately than the human eye.
“While most service departments have check lists to help guide technicians and customer service personnel through an inspection process, there’s no industrywide standard for identifying serious vehicle safety issues,” Hever points out. “The development of automated inspection technology removes inconsistencies and human error from the equation.”
More than 6,700,000 accidents and 36,000 fatalities were recorded on U.S. roads and highways in 2019, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.
“DOT studies have shown that more than 30 percent of all vehicle accidents are caused by some form of mechanical failure. Tire and wheel problems are the leading component cause of highway accidents accounting for more than 40 percent of the total, followed by brake failures at 25 percent.”
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