Scanning cars is becoming a thing
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Scanning cars is becoming a thing

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[MUSIC] I wanna show you a scanner. I don't normally cover scanners cuz they aren't usually part of car tech, but this one is. This is an automotive scanner, it's scanning the car. You saw that one underneath there with all the lights and those lenses. That module form a company called UVEye just did an incredible high-res scan of the underside of this VR-500. Now, here is the guts of the system. I want one this in my garage. This is an array that looks like three high resolution cameras kind of buried down in there. And then quite and array of precisely aimed and precisely controlled LED lights. Cuz a key part of this is to have a very even illumination. So the illumination doesn't create an anomaly. On your right. And then you take that really excellent quality imagery, and that goes into your neural, deep-learning AI software that makes sense of what it sees. We've seen sample images where it can detect a scraped up or rusty muffler or a bit of an oil leak. Or they've tried to fool it. They stuck a business card in place, so you can stick another sort of an object in there just to see does it figure it out? It's quite remarkable cuz the bottom of the car is actually a very rigid chaotic place with splashes of mud and different shaped objects. And they're all kind of dark grey, and by the way it is not using comparison, it's not taking a perfect image of the bottom of every car in the world and comparing it. That doesn't scale, it is starting with its own learnings on the fly that say what's normal here and what's not. Makes it very scalable, very quickly. It can take a look on the sides of the car, and read the tires, it can actually look at all of that black on black raised lettering and read all of it, even tell if the pressure and tread wear are here or there. Now, what about the outside of the car, the shiny part, the part we see, which get dents and scratches and all kinds of issues? The system has another version that is basically like two arms, two halo arms that go over it, and can read where there's a scratch, where there might be a part missing, where there might be a dent. Maybe there's a center hubcap that's not in place. That could be used for the whole world of lease returns. Of wholesale automotive auctions. Of indoor factory assembly line checks. Instead of having a bunch of workers sitting there saying yeah that gap looks about right on that panel. How about the rigidity of perfect imaging and AI to say that panel's off by exactly this much. It needs to be adjusted. So this is a fascinating way that a whole bunch of industries that deal with automotive Can get themselves into some rigor about the condition of a car and kinda get away from the clipboard an inspection word. By the way, this all started in the security business. That was UVEY's first market, buildings, stadiums, power plants [INAUDIBLE] you name it, with vehicles coming and going, I wanna make sure, [INAUDIBLE] something that shouldn't be there, underneath the car. So is a whole lot, and security guard running around with mirrors, on the end of sticks. [MUSIC] [BLANK_AUDIO]

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