NOKIAN LASERS CHECK TIRE PROFILE ON-THE-FLY
The Finnish tyre manufacturer has developed the SnapSkan service, which uses a 3D scanner to check users' tires as the car is on the road and in motion. The idea is that SnapSkan units will be installed at places that people drive through on a regular basis anyway, such as entrances to car parks.
As the vehicle goes over the speed bump-like scanner, lasers automatically shine up into the tire treads, measuring their depth – this works for any type of tires, not just Nokians. A camera, meanwhile, captures the car's license plate number.
The driver can then request a free tire report, by sending a text message including their plate number. A return message will include that report, along with an option for getting a quote for new tires (if needed) from a partnering dealership.
The first scanning point will be at an underground car park in Helsinki, with others to follow throughout Finland soon after, including at all Vianor tire outlets. In the next few years, the service will be introduced in other countries. Though at first instance developed for cars, the system can also be used for commercial vehicles and buses.