NOKIA, Finland—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. has developed technology that uses drive-over scanners to measure the depth of tire treads and remotely inform the driver of its findings.
The technology is based on 3D scanning and has been launched in partnership with tire and car service chain Vianor. It will be free of charge and will need no separate equipment to be installed on vehicles.
The system uses automated drive-over scanners which read the tires while a camera identifies the vehicle based on the registration number. When the scan is complete, the driver can opt to receive a personal tire report by text message or email free of charge.
The points of service will be on everyday routes such as car parks.
The technical solution was developed in collaboration with Finnish technology partners Futurice and Affecto. The entire service is enabled by unique 3D scanning technology patented by British Sigmavision.
"There is a big change ahead for our industry in the near future," Nokian President and CEO, Ari Lehtorant said. "Until now, the tire sector has lagged clearly behind other industries in terms of digitalization. It is high time to harness technology to serve motorists with regard to their tires."