Could a Finnish companies ‘smart’ speed bump be rolled out in the UK?
SnapSkan is a ‘smart’ ramp that automatically checks tyre tread depth
A Finnish company has announced their intention to expand on their ‘smart’ ramps which automatically check tyre tread depth and alert drivers to possible issues.
If they do arrive in the UK sometime in the near future, motorists driving into a car park could use the smart ramps to automatically scan the tread depth of the tyres on their car.
The super smart system from Nokian features a ‘smart’ ramp which can be easily installed in public car parks or similar locations. When a motorists drives over the SnapSkan speed bump, its 3D scanning technology measures the tread depth of all four tyres.
Drivers can use the SnapSkan service for free and can sign up to use it either before or after driving over the speed bump by simply sending a text message or email.
Anyone choosing not to sign up to use the SnapSkan system will have their vehicle’s data deleted automatically within a week, whilst drivers who sign up to use it will be sent a free report showing how much tread each of their tyres still has.
Also included in the report will be a discount code which can be used at selected local tyre suppliers if new rubber is required.
In 2016, a prototype of the SnapSkan system was installed in a multi-storey car park in Helsinki, followed by a fully operational version in 2017.
The system received a positive reaction from the public, with 80% of those using it saying they would recommend the system to other motorists.
Nokian is now looking at installing another four SnapSkan systems at locations throughout Finland.
Hille Korhonen, chief executive at Nokian called the SnapSkan system “the world’s first tyre scanning service that is fully automatic and available at a public location”.
Mr Korhonen also said that the aim of the system was to improve road safety.
There are no plans as yet to introduce the system to the UK, however the SnapSkan is set for launch outside of Finland for the first time in Oslo, Norway.
If and when the SnapSkan system does arrive in the UK, it might go a long way in addressing the estimated 18 million cars believed to be driving on our roads with illegal tyres.
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