The assessment of a car and the examination for damage is digitized at TÜV Rheinland. A new scanner checks the body within a minute.
The employee of a test organization not only takes a look at a car for a regular main inspection. A thorough inspection of the vehicle is also necessary to prepare expert reports, for example to document damage after an accident or a storm.
In the future, TÜV Rheinland will focus on digitization. The Bochum-based start-up Adomea, which was recently taken over by the testing organization, developed a new vehicle scanner for the preparation of expert reports. The system, called MIKo (Mobile Identification System for Motor Vehicle Surfaces), should be able to capture the body surface of a car within one minute and be able to display it in the software. Even the smallest damage, such as dents after a hailstorm, can be quickly identified. Lease returns or rental cars can also be checked quickly and efficiently.
Matthias Schubert, responsible for the mobility business at TÜV Rheinland worldwide, explains: “For most service providers, experts have so far determined any damage to vehicles manually. The new system not only works much faster, but also offers consistently high quality, since all damage is automatically and objectively recorded within a minute. ”
Artificial intelligence determines the amount of damage
His colleague Andreas Blecker, responsible for the business area of car services and expert opinions at TÜV Rheinland, even painted the image of a digitized expert: “The expertise of our experts will continue to be in demand – for example, to determine the actual amount of damage using the data. We will continue to develop the system in a targeted manner in order to automatically determine the amount of damage from the data in the future. To this end, we will vigorously advance our artificial intelligence technology. ”
The goal for the software should be to automatically detect and evaluate damage due to recurring cases. The human expert should then have more time to check the interior, the electronic system and to check the maintenance and repair history of the car.