Most people probably don’t remember the last time they checked a tread on ...
Most people probably don’t remember the last time they checked a tread on their tires if they have even done it at all.
The common method involves holding a penny or the quarter in the groove and checking whether you can see the president’s head – it’s not exactly precise, it’s also really easy to forget to do it regularly.
Because we are forgetful, Finnish tire maker Nokian has the new tool to make checking tread life as easy as doing basically nothing. Nokian Tyre and some partners have developed the way for drivers to check tread depth without even getting out of their vehicles.
In fact, the tires are scanned without the driver even knowing it is happening. The device, called SnapSkan, is meant to be placed somewhere people line up in their vehicles – at a car wash, the service station, even the drive-thru – and then they just drive over it.
It looks sort of like the grocery store scanner mounted on the ground, and those red lines are using 3D imaging to measure the tires, not scan UPCs.
There’s also the camera to scan the license plate and figure out what kind of vehicle its attached to (in countries where that info is centrally available) and then the driver can get the report on their tires’ remaining life through the text message or an email.
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