Israel-based UVeye, an innovative vehicle inspection and safety company, has developed a contact-free, emergency-vehicle inspection system equipped with thermal sensors that can identify drivers and passengers with fever. It can even work through the vehicle’s windshield.
The company is offering to equip health-related fleet operators with the vehicle-inspection equipment on a not-for-profit basis during the current COVID-19 crisis. It says ambulance and police fleets, as well as delivery services for food and medical equipment, would all be eligible for assistance.
Amir Hever, founder and CEO of the company, says, “Our technology can help fleet operators maintain their vehicles in safe operating condition without the need for ‘hands on’ testing or inspection. As crisis conditions ease, we also will be able to assist car dealers, independent garages and vehicle rental agencies in setting up inspection lanes that can ensure that their mechanics are not exposed to individuals that still might be infected with the virus.”
Hever added that UVeye hoped its vehicle-inspection technology could assist federal, state and local government officials who are attempting to speed up the process of identifying people infected by the COVID-19 virus. The system is equipped with infrared thermal-imaging technology to detect body temperatures from a distance of several meters or more.
UVeye says its vehicle-inspection system could help healthcare professionals rapidly identify individuals who might require additional COVID-19 testing or treatment. It could be installed at emergency drive-through lanes set up at hospitals, healthcare facilities and other community locations.
Hever said that his company is prepared to help equip drive-through checkpoints in critical locations throughout the United States within the next week, adding that UVeye already has orders for the installation of contactless inspection systems with thermal sensor technology at several locations in both the UK and the USA.
Headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, and Tel Aviv, UVeye currently is working with six major carmakers to install vehicle-inspection systems on assembly lines and at dealerships around the world.
The UVeye executive noted that the company’s inspection equipment also can identify a wide variety of ‘need to know’ mechanical problems and safety-related issues for vehicle owners. The company’s Artemis system, for example, automatically checks tire quality. And UVeye’s Helios underbody-inspection cameras can identify a wide range of safety issues, including brake line problems and potentially dangerous oil leaks.