HELSINKI (Dec. 21, 2016) — Finnish tire maker Nokian Tyres P.L.C. is planning to deploy a tire tread-depth scanning technology, called "SnapSkan," along access points to thoroughfares throughout Finland as part of a safety campaign.
The SnapSkan process is based on laser-based 3D-scanning technology developed by Sigmavision Ltd., an Oxford, England-based company that also helped develop Hunter Engineering Inc.'s QuickTread scanning device.
Nokian is launching its version in partnership with its Vianor captive tire and car service chain. Drivers can access the data generated by SnapSkan free of charge via text message or email, Nokian said, or via a dedicated web portal.
The system uses automated drive-over scanners that read the tires while a camera identifies the vehicle based on the registration number. The points of service will be on everyday routes such as car parks, car washes, etc., where traffic is slowed, Nokian said.