NOKIA, Finland—Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is broadening the scope of its SnapSkan digital tire-check service program beyond Helsinki to four additional sites in Finland and one in Oslo, Norway.
Nokian debuted the SnapSkan technology—which measures the condition of a vehicle's tires as the vehicle drives over a SnapSkan device—in 2016 at a multistory parking garage in Helsinki. The first customer service point opened in June 2017 in a parking garage in Turku, Finland.
The digital SnapSkan service, developed by Nokian in cooperation with its Vianor tire retail and car service chain, is rooted in laser-based 3D-scanning technology developed by Sigmavision Ltd., an Oxford, England-based company that also helped develop Hunter Engineering Inc.'s QuickTread scanning device.
As it's being deployed by Nokian, SnapSkan scanners are installed at parking garage exits or entrances, where motorists drive over the scanner ramp. SnapSkan automatically scans the tires.
Drivers are prompted to opt-in to receiving the SnapSkan digital report by phone message or online either before or after the scanning. If they choose not to opt-in, all the information SnapSkan has gathered of the vehicle will be deleted within a week. If they opt-in for the report, it is sent to the driver's mobile device free of charge.