Scanning service measures tire tread on the go

December 15, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Scanning service measures tire tread on the go
Together with car service chain Vianor, Nokian Tires is rolling out a technology to measure the depth of a cars’ tires treads on the go and inform the driver. Designed to improve the safety of road traffic, the scanning technology, SnapSkan, is free and fast. The introduction of this service is part of Nokian’s strategy to digitize the tire sector.

SnapSkan is a new way of measuring the tread depth and safety of tires quickly, using a 3D scanning technology. The automated drive-over scanner reads 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, regardless of which manufacturer's tires are fitted to the car. A separate equipment is not required. 

The SnapSkan service is intended to be deployed appear along drivers' everyday routes in locations such as car parks. The service will be provided in collaboration with the Vianor tire and car service chain, from where the user can request a quote for new safe tires. The technical solution was developed in collaboration with Finnish technology partners Futurice and Affecto. The service is enabled by unique 3D scanning technology patented by British Sigmavision. 

According to Nokian, studies show that about 25 % of tire related accidents occur because the tire’s tread depth is below the minimum level. The tread depth significantly affects driving safety, like braking distance and aquaplaning resistance characteristics. Driving with tires that are in good condition gives the driver and other road-users more time to react and room for manoeuvre. The new SnapSkan technology makes it easier to monitor tire safety, as the information is sent to the vehicle owner electronically. This ensures that the owner knows when they should react to the condition of the tires.  

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