Sound Analyzer, the doctor of Skoda
The new smartphone application records car noises and compares them with stored sound patterns
Sound Analyser uses artificial intelligence to reliably, clearly and quickly assess the current condition of wearing parts and notify technicians of any required servicing. The program considers various vehicle-specific parameters and analyses the usage profile of the respective car. Thus, o this end, Sound Analyser helps technicians to perform accurate diagnostics on a vehicle as they will only need a standard smartphone or tablet to use the app.
The smartphone app has been tested in 14 countries – including Germany, Russia, Austria and France – since June 2019. A total of 245 Skoda dealers have participated in the pilot project.
The sounds made while the vehicle is running can be recorded using a smartphone. An algorithm then compares the recording with stored sound patterns and provides a detailed description of the result. The software is able to recognise ten patterns – with an accuracy of over 90 per cent – including for components such as the steering system, the air conditioning compressor, and the clutches in the direct-shift gearbox (DSG).
“At Skoda, we are consistently looking to comprehensively digitalise processes, products and services for our customers along the entire value chain. In order to be able to recognise the potential of innovations early on, develop them quickly and use them intelligently, we are continuously coordinating with the specialist departments to jointly implement new digitalisation projects” – said Klaus Blum, Head of Skoda It.