A new system developed by Nokian Tyres, called SnapSkin, in cooperation with the tire retail and car service chain Vianor, simplifies tire monitoring for consumers. The SnapSkan service has been introduced at five checking points in the Nordic region.
SnapSkan makes measurement of tire tread depth quick and easy by utilizing the latest 3D scanning technology. SnapSkan scanners can be found at parking garages’ exits or entries. The driver drives over the scanner ramp as they enter or exit the parking garage and SnapSkan automatically scans the tires. A driver can opt in by SMS or online, either before or after the scanning, to retrieve the digital report of their tires’ condition. If they opt out, all the information SnapSkan has gathered of the vehicle will be permanently deleted within a week. If they opt in, the report is sent to the driver’s mobile device totally free of charge. The report includes the measurements of tire treads and a code that offers a discount on new tires in selected stores. SnapSkan can measure the tires on any passenger car and it works with all tire brands.
SnapSkan was first introduced in 2016. A prototype of the service was tested at a multi-storey parking garage in Helsinki and the first customer service point was opened in June 2017 in a parking garage in Turku, Finland. The customer feedback from these first two service points has been used to develop the entire SnapSkan consumer service.
Four new SnapSkan service points will be opened in parking garages in various locations across Finland. One will later be opened in Oslo, Norway.