AWS has implemented a new AI-based technology that can detect anomalies in its delivery vans.
From tyre deformities and undercarriage wear to bent or warped body pieces, the AI is able to highlight issues before they become on-road problems. The new Automated Vehicle Inspection (AVI) technology offers reassurance and solutions to fleet managers who previously had to rely solely on the human eye and manual inspections for daily safety rounds.
Amazon is launching the AVI technology in partnership with technology start-up UVeye in the US, Canada, Germany and the UK. The partnership highlights how AWS announced earlier in 2023 plans to democratise access to AI and generative AI systems across a wide range of industries.
Offering a “new standard”
Within AWS, AVI works to perform a full-vehicle scan in just a few seconds to catch and report issues to AWS’ human workforces. At the end of every route, drivers drive through an AVI archway and over a series of plates that are equipped with sensors and cameras.
With the vehicle rolling at 5 mph, the AI system can perform a full-vehicle scan in a few seconds. It then identifies problems, classifies them based on severity and immediately sends the results to a computer. From there, a digital signal processor (DSP) can determine the fixes and services they need to perform to have well-maintained vehicles on the road the next day.
The analytics are run through AWS where the terabytes of vehicle images and data are processed and stored using the company’s services, including Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3), AWS Lambda, Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2). From this, fleet managers can then see any detected issues, photos and repair suggestions.
As a whole, the system is an example of how AWS uses AI on a daily basis to deliver improvements within their company, as well as facilitating better and faster services for its customers in the long-term.
‘AI for good’ - supporting the human workforce
“This technology can become the new standard for vehicle inspection,” said Amir Hever, CEO of UVeye. “Amazon always thinks about scale, and the fact that we’re now working with one of the biggest networks of fleets in the world is helping us grow. The partnership constantly reminds us of what we have built and how to make it work in hundreds of delivery stations, dealerships, and other locations.”
AI will continue to have a vast impact on the world and it is clear that AWS is continuing to commit itself to build systems that people can rely on, are safe and generate research around the opportunities that AI can offer - whilst being aware of any risks these cause.
In the future, this type of AI could be used to support all sorts of delivery vehicles, from bikes to drones, not only inspecting the exterior, but also the interior of the vehicles.
Indeed, with such automated services, it is only natural for there to be anxieties over AI replacing the human workforce. However, if the technology is developed safely and with the intention of supporting workers, then it has great potential to have a huge positive and transformative impact for businesses.
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