The automaker is funding Israeli startup UVeye with an undisclosed “strategic investment,” which develops vehicle diagnostic systems that use sensors and AI to swiftly spot broken parts or maintenance issues. The automaker’s venture fund, GM Ventures, which already has interests in a number of other firms with AI-related ideas, made the UVeye investment.
General Motors uses AI to speed up the car inspection process
Based on images and videos provided by the company, UVeye’s technology looks like an airport body scanner for your car. The car drives through the scanner with illuminated lights on the inside and, within minutes, service providers have a detailed report about everything that’s wrong with your car down to the tire pressure.
In accordance with the partnership, GM will enhance its dealer network’s vehicle inspection systems by selling UVeye’s technology to them. (The firm’s solutions are currently being tested at a few GM dealerships around the nation.) Additionally, GM and UVeye will collaborate on a number of vehicle inspection technologies initiatives covering fleet management, fleet operations, and car dealership sales.
UVeye’s system uses artificial intelligence, machine learning, and high-definition cameras to “quickly and accurately” check tires and the vehicle’s underbody and exterior for defects, missing parts, and other safety-related issues.
GM isn’t alone in seeing potential in UVeye’s high-tech inspection system. Last year, the startup closed $60 million in series C funding from a group of investors led by CarMax, W.R. Berkley Corporation, and F.I.T. Ventures.
GM says that UVeye’s tech will be made available to 4,000 dealerships across the country. Earlier this year, the Israeli company made a deal with a major automotive retail management system used by over 15,000 dealers in the US.
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