America welcomes UVeye.
UVeye's first used car auction installation in the USA.
I recently wrote an article about UVeye and what an addition to the auto industry this machine will be. Thisis article can be found here if you haven't seen it yet.
The company develops and provides automated vehicle inspection systems powered by artificial intelligence and proprietary hardware.
UVeye’s deep-learning-driven “Inspection as a Service” unified platform provides an objective, scalable and efficient standard for identifying issues with vehicles as they move through the automotive lifecycle. The company’s anomaly detection solutions offer support from assembly-line and paint-shop inspections at the OEM manufacturer to a variety of aftermarket applications, including systems for insurance providers, fleet managers, rental agencies, dealerships, and used-vehicle auctions.
UVeye’s first line of products, deployed all over the world in homeland security and defense markets, enables customers to automatically scan, detect and identify anomalies, modifications, or foreign objects in the undercarriage of virtually any vehicle.
The company today is setting new standards for vehicle inspection in the automotive and security industries by changing basic approaches to vehicle inspection through automated processes, improved accuracy and standardized inspection systems.
Since I wrote the last article I have been talking to Yaron Saghiv who is the chief marketing officer at UVeye. He has told me ''We have recently launched our North American operations and are planning to install dozens of systems throughout the following months with auctions, dealerships and fleets. Our underbody and tire detection devices are perfect for the automotive aftermarket and provide customers with high resolution images and automatic issue exposure like leaks, broken or missing parts and tire tread and sidewall issues. We are very excited to be scaling our technology worldwide including Europe and Asia".
UVeye is the first company in the world to utilise computer vision for all angles of the vehicle and also the sidewall and tread of the tires.
So what exactly does UVeye provide car auctions, car dealerships etc with was my next question for Yaron, to which he replied in depth, I'm now amazed truly at what this machine can do and what it is capable of doing.
Yaron: Transparency and Competition auctions want to stay competitive and provide their customers with the best service and transparency about the vehicles they offer. Part of this service is providing high-resolution images from different angles and of different areas of a certain vehicle while exposing the objective mechanical and cosmetic state of the vehicle.
Speed & Accuracy: In USS for example hundreds of thousands of vehicles are processed annually on every site, there needs to be automated solutions, to support the increasing demand in volume and throughput.
Historical Data: There is a need for historical data and imagery of every vehicle processed by the system, and since there are millions of vehicles on USS sites, there needs to be an automated system to do so.
UVeye was recently launched into America, in Georgia to be precise. V.I.P. auctions the Georgia firm in partnership with UVeye is first remarketing group in the U.S. to utilize artificial intelligence technology to support vehicle inspections. The company are excited to use the new camera based systems from UVeye quickly evaluate tires and critical underbody components for both buyers and sellers.
Jim Smith, founder and CEO of V.I.P. Auctions, said the company’s new camera based artificial intelligence technology will save time, reduce costs, document vehicle condition and also set new inspection standards for the automotive remarketing industry.
Developed by UVeye, the underbody and tire-inspection systems are scheduled for installation at V.I.P. Auctions in Cumming, Georgia, later this month. The technology was originally unveiled for the first time in North America at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
USS, one of the world’s largest car-auction groups, recently installed similar UVeye inspection equipment at its facilities in Japan. Based in Nagoya, USS has 19 sites and handles more than three million vehicle sales a year.
The UVeye Helios and Artemis inspection systems being installed at V.I.P. Auctions rely on a unique combination of proprietary algorithms, cloud architecture, sensor fusion, artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies.
The Helios underbody-inspection system uses multiple high-resolution cameras to generate thousands of images per second to identify damage, missing components and other quality-related issues to support technicians and inspectors. This automation allows inspectors to focus on critical items instead of items that do not need attention.
Artemis, UVeye’s tire-quality system, is designed to check a tire’s overall condition, including tire pressure, tread depth, wheel scratches, sidewall damage, abrasions and outside shoulder damage. It can read and recognize a tire’s brand, size-load speed ratings and DOT nomenclature within seconds.
“Helios and Artemis will be key elements in establishing future standards related to certainty and transparency for vehicle inspections, not only at vehicle auctions, but also at dealerships, fleets and independent service garages,” said Glenn Hemminger, managing director for UVeye’s North American operations. “These software-focused solutions allow us to continually add new inspection features without the need to add hardware.”
Founded more than 15 years ago by Jim Smith, V.I.P. Auctions is located near Atlanta and serves franchised new-car dealerships, commercial fleets and lending institutions in the southeastern United States.
“Our team at V.I.P. is excited about this new venture with UVeye for the launch of automated vehicle-inspection systems in the United States,” said Smith.
“There always have been two major areas missing from vehicle-condition reports provided to auction customers – detailed evaluations of a vehicle’s underbody and its tires,” Smith noted. “Helios and Artemis will solve that problem by clearly documenting with certainty the condition of each vehicle’s tires and undercarriage.”
Smith pointed out that nothing tells an owner or end-user more about a vehicle’s actual condition than its underbody. Unusual rust, leaks, cracks, missing parts, modifications and other discrepancies all show up on a Helios scan. He added that the condition of a vehicle’s tires and wheels can affect its value by up to several thousand dollars.
He explained that V.I.P. customers now will receive industry-first documentation for the condition of each vehicle’s underbody and tires, including images of the vehicle’s undercarriage and tires with trouble areas clearly marked.
The new UVeye inspections take just seconds to complete compared to up to 20 minutes or more for manual inspection processes that can miss a variety of items.
“We expect this new, industry-leading inspection technology will have a major impact on customer satisfaction and result in a significant increase in sales and service over the next 12 months,” Smith said. “We’re looking forward to partnering with UVeye as the company introduces its breakthrough technology to automakers, dealerships and major fleet operators in the United States.”
I really can't wait to see what this machine does for the automotive industry, I just hope someone in Ireland purchases one of these UVeye machine so I can see all this amazing technology for myself.
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