- UVeye’s industry-first suite of tire, underbody and exterior inspection technology sets new standards for speed, accuracy and cost efficiency
- General Motors, Hyundai, Toyota Tsusho, Volvo and CarMax are investment partners in development of the new technology
The auto industry’s first fully automated suite of vehicle-inspection systems for dealership service departments and used-car auctions will be on display this month (Jan. 26-29) at NADA 2023 in Dallas, Texas.
Developed in Israel with General Motors, Hyundai, Toyota, Volvo and CarMax as investment partners, the UVeye camera-based technology is significantly faster, more cost-efficient and much more accurate than any system currently in use.
UVeye vehicle scans use proprietary sensor fusion, artificial intelligence, machine-learning and high-tech camera systems. They are proven to catch 96 percent of existing problems compared to less than 25 percent for manual checks. A drive-through UVeye inspection of tires, underbody components and exteriors also takes less than 12 seconds compared to 20 minutes or more for traditional service-lane inspections.
Previewed at CES 2020 and shown for the first time at NADA last year, the industry-first technology will be on display at UVeye’s 2,000-square-foot exhibit (Booth #6239) at NADA 2023 at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, Texas, and featured in the General Motors NADA display area (Booth #1545) as well.
UVeye CEO and Co-founder Amir Hever noted that Volvo, General Motors and CarMax each have announced plans in the past year to support the installation of UVeye inspection systems at dealerships and used-car auction facilities throughout the U.S.
Hever added that Audi, Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Toyota and Volvo dealership service-department managers and representatives will be available at UVeye’s NADA exhibit to demonstrate and discuss their use of UVeye technology to improve customer satisfaction.
Dealers with fixed-ops personnel on hand at the UVeye display area will include Audi New Rochelle in New Rochelle, New York; Marine Chevrolet in Jacksonville, North Carolina; Carl Black Chevrolet Buick GMC in Kennesaw, Georgia; Metro Toyota in Cleveland, Ohio, and Volvo Cars Westport in Westport, Connecticut.
“Since installing UVeye systems, we’ve noticed significant growth in new-tire sales and wheel repairs,” says Samantha Diaz, a service consultant at Audi New Rochelle. “As soon as a customer comes into the service lane, we can see the overall condition of their vehicle and spot any wear-and-tear, damage or alignment issues that need immediate attention.”
Tim Shaw, service director at McCluskey Chevrolet in Cincinnati, Ohio, adds that “UVeye has been a game changer for us. We see 250 cars or more a day come through our service department. The streamlining and simplification of the service lane process has been instrumental in keeping pace with the number of customers we see on a daily basis.”
Dealership and UVeye executives at NADA will demonstrate UVeye’s tire (Artemis), underbody (Helios) and exterior (Atlas) systems. Special introductory plans for the first-time installation of UVeye technology also will be available for dealers at NADA. Private demonstrations and meetings can be scheduled by clicking on the “Schedule a Meeting” link on UVeye’s NADA landing page: www.uveye.com/nada-2023.
Dealership fixed-ops representatives at the UVeye exhibit will include Samantha Diaz from Audi New Rochelle; Erric Moretti, service manager, Volvo Westport; Caleb Morgan, service advisor, Carl Black (Chevrolet Buick GMC) Kennesaw; Justin Schneider, product specialist, Metro Toyota Cleveland, and Jerry Massie — parts manager, Paul Hewson — fixed operations director and John Yun — general sales manager, Marine Chevrolet, Jacksonville, North Carolina.
CarMax executives at the UVeye display will include Anuj Kapur, director of Corporate Development and Venture Capital, and Ted Cox, senior purchasing manager.
“Our programs with Volvo and General Motors have substantially expanded the use of high-speed vehicle-inspection technology in the dealership space here in the United States,” points out UVeye’s Hever. “Our next goal will be to help standardize inspection processes with UVeye technology in the auction world.”
UVeye offers three high-speed vehicle-inspection systems suited for use at new- and used-car dealerships. The rapid drive-through systems include:
- Helios – An underbody scanner that detects a wide variety of problems including frame damage, missing parts and fluid leaks, as well as brake and exhaust-system issues.
- Artemis – A system that checks tire quality. Within seconds it identifies tire brand, technical specifications, air pressure, tread depth, sidewall damage, whether or not a vehicle’s tires are mismatched and alignment issues.
- Atlas – A 360-degree vehicle-exterior detection system that checks sheet metal and other external body components such as bumpers, door locks, grilles and windows.
Hever noted that 2022 was a banner year for UVeye with further expansion in North America planned in 2023.
“We were especially proud to have received an Automotive News 2022 All-Star Award for our development of vehicle-inspection systems,” the UVeye executive said. “It’s considered to be the most prestigious automotive award program of its kind.”
Media interviews with UVeye executives or dealership representatives at the company’s NADA booth can be scheduled by email with Larry Weis ([email protected]) or Jana Hochbohm ([email protected]) at AutoCom Associates.