UVeye develops AI tyre inspection system

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A new system has been developed to help fleet operators or vehicle development teams check tyre wear and quality quickly and easily using artificial intelligence and machine-learning technology. Named Artemis (after the Greek goddess of the hunt), the system has been created by UVeye, an Israel-based supplier of vehicle-inspection systems.

Artemis uses two scanners to monitor tyre quality as a vehicle drives by. Within seconds, the system reads and recognises a tire’s brand and technical specifications, as well as safety-related data such as the tyre’s overall condition, tyre pressure, abrasion and scratches. The system also can compare tyre pressure to manufacturer specifications and report on any irregularities.

UVeye’s CEO, Amir Hever noted that yire data and high-resolution images provided by Artemis clearly highlight faults or anomalies to help fleet operators identify the need to repair or replace a tyre.

“With Artemis, we have taken another major step toward building a unified platform based on artificial intelligence for the automated inspection of vehicles,” Hever said. “Our contracts with Toyota Tsusho, Škoda, Volvo and Daimler, as well as ongoing discussions with more than 20 car manufacturers and tier-one suppliers, are testament to the strength of our technology and its ability to change the automotive security, safety and maintenance landscape. Together with the rest of our product portfolio, Artemis is a key element in establishing the future standard for vehicle inspection.”

The Artemis system is currently in use at Kavim, an Israeli bus company with nearly 500 employees based in Holon. Kavim operates more than 300 vehicles with annual ridership of nearly 90 million.

Hever added that negotiations also are underway with a number of global tyre manufacturers, commercial-vehicle fleets, rental-car companies and dealership groups that have expressed interest in Artemis technology.

UVeye announced recently that it has raised US$31 million in a funding round led by Toyota Tsusho, Volvo Cars and WR Berkley Corporation. The money will be used to support the deployment of the Artemis and other UVeye inspection systems worldwide.

The Artemis technology can also provide automatic external scanning of vehicles to identify anomalies, modifications or foreign objects on all sides of a vehicle in a matter of seconds.

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