Thanks to a collaboration with UVEye, Volvo has released a new automated vehicle-inspection system. There are a lot of practical applications for businesses with the new system, which is slowly being rolled out to certain locations on the East Coast of the United States. However, UVEye and Volvo eventually plan to install this technology at all Volvo locations.

Three systems work to scan and analyze a vehicle in seconds, with each system performing a specific function. Cameras, lasers, and sensors are all significant parts of this new system. UVEye said that it charges users per scan or through a monthly subscription, as opposed to charging users for the installation and use of the actual device. Volvo can also use this system to scan some of their more classic vehicles, like the S60, 240, and 245.

Read on to find out the finer points of how Volvo's new automated vehicle-inspection system properly functions.

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In Collaboration With UVEye

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For this new vehicle-inspection system, Volvo turned to UVEye, an Israeli company that develops automated inspection systems for vehicles, for a partnership. UVEye was founded in 2016, and they have been affiliated with Volvo since 2019. Volvo became a strategic investor in UVEye via the Volvo Cars Tech Fund. UVEye, as a company, is known for making drive-through systems that are able to identify modifications or foreign objects, and detect external and mechanical flaws in minutes. Cameras and sensors work in tandem to help the system function properly and inspect vehicles.

With the new scanning technology at hand, the device can make inspections at car dealerships and assembly lines far more efficient. The automated vehicle-inspection system is powered by artificial intelligence (AI), complete with many cameras. UVEye eventually plans to expand this new system to all of Volvo's 280 locations, but for now, the new system will only be installed and implemented at certain retailers on the eastern coast of the United States.

What's The Goal?

Volvo's Automated Vehicle-Inspection System working on front of SUV
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Improving both customer satisfaction and business efficiencies is the main goal of Volvo's creation of this new system. AI tech is now being installed at all the Volvo Dealerships for vehicle inspection, though, as with the system as a whole, only certain retailers on the eastern coast of the United States will have this option installed immediately. Repair shops will also be granted the option to have AI tech installed, as UVEye and Volvo plan to expand their operations to all the Volvo locations.

This technology is known to operate at high speeds, and the cameras and AI work in tandem when checking vehicle exteriors, undercarriages, tires, and other components for defects, flaws, safety-related problems, dysfunctional parts, and missing parts. All of this is so fast that a single vehicle only takes seconds to scan. Even cracks, dents, and rust on the chassis can be easily detected within that margin, possibly even spotting the potential for larger, more serious concerns before they arise.

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Three Systems Available

SUV going through Volvo's Automated Vehicle-Inspection System
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Three separate and distinct systems are part of the program, each with its own part to play. UVEye gave Volvo retailers these options for inspection systems, and each one has a certain specialty function to assist in resolving issues and identifying certain flaws.

The first, Helios, finds issues like oil leakage, corrosion, and frame damage with an underbody scanner. The second, Artemis, is all about the tires. Tread depth, sidewall damage, compatibility issues, sufficient air pressure, and other specifications are all checked to make sure the tires are functioning properly. The third, Atlas, focuses on a vehicle's exterior. Dents, scratches, rust, and other flaws to the chassis, mirrors, tailpipe, windows, and bumpers can be easily detected in seconds via 360-degree exterior scans. A sub-variation of this, Atlas Lite, is specifically designed for dealership use. These three systems offer a level of effectiveness and efficiency in expediting repairs in places such as collision repair shops, tire shops, and other car restoration businesses.

With no human labor involved in the scan, the process is both quicker and far more cost-effective. Altogether, eight cameras and 32 lasers are used in the process. The process can more accurately analyze a vehicle's trade-in value and give it a status report of its condition.

Practicality Is Prominent

Volvo's Automated Vehicle-Inspection System screens SUV, front view
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At the center of this initiative and its development, its creators have noted its potential widespread use for practical applications. Volvo's vice president for sales, Rick Bryant, even noted that this technology can lend credibility to their retailers via an official report of the inspection process.

Maintenance and repair work can be done more quickly and effectively if the mechanics and other repair team members know what to look for, and customers can also receive a more advance warning on more serious problems before they occur, allowing customers to prevent those problems from ever coming to pass. UVEye operates the system by charging users per scan or via a monthly subscription, as opposed to charging users for the actual hardware.


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