Several more fixed-imaging tunnels are under construction and are scheduled to cover 25% of Manheim's check-in volume by the end of 2023.  -  IMAGE: Manheim

Several more fixed-imaging tunnels are under construction and are scheduled to cover 25% of Manheim's check-in volume by the end of 2023.

IMAGE: Manheim

Manheim launched three fixed-imaging tunnels at the Manheim Penn. wholesale vehicle auction. Cox Automotive says the tunnels, powered by Fyusion AI technology, deliver consistent and complete views of vehicles. Manheim now has 10 fixed-imaging tunnels across six locations and plans to have 31 by year end.

“We have seen what a huge difference these images have made for Manheim’s buyers and sellers, as the quality and consistency can’t be beat,” said Brad Burns, associate vice president, vehicle information, at Manheim. “With several successful launches under our belts, we’re accelerating the pace of deployment to enable even more clients to benefit from this technology, sooner.”

About 3,000 sellers are getting their vehicles imaged with a fixed-imaging tunnel, informing wholesale decisions for over 23,000 clients across the Manheim Marketplace, Cox said.

Vehicle Imaging to Drive Client Confidence

Manheim’s fixed-imaging tunnels have nearly 50 cameras and more than 90 light panels to capture virtually every vehicle exterior from multiple angles. They capture approximately 2,500 images of each vehicle in seconds, Cox said, outputting 90 for analysis and automatically selecting the 12 best to include in a condition report. Beyond providing the same angles each time with a distraction-free background, the tunnels also capture areas of the vehicle that a person can’t easily get—like extremely high and low views, as well as the undercarriage.

The images are all captured while a vehicle remains in motion and have such high resolution that users can zoom in and see minute details—down to the writing on the side wall of a tire. This level of detail can help sellers make more informed reconditioning and return-on-investment decisions while elevating buyer trust and confidence in condition reports, Cox said.

Fueling the Future of Condition Information

In addition to enhancing how vehicles are captured, the fixed-imaging tunnels are also paving the way for condition reports that are more consistent because the Fyusion AI imaging technology understands the vehicle in three dimensions.

The more than 16 million images already captured by the tunnels are training the expansive Fyusion machine learning model, which can identify and report damage with speed and accuracy, Cox said. The automated damage-detection capability is on target for deployment starting in 2024.

Continuing the Expansion

Fixed-imaging tunnels are also in operation at Manheim Atlanta, Manheim Minneapolis, Manheim Tampa, Manheim Ohio, Manheim Dallas Fort-Worth. Several more are under construction, with the goal of covering 25% of Manheim's check-in volume by the end of 2023. That coverage is expected to double by the end of the first quarter in 2024, accounting for 50% of Manheim’s check-in volume.

To learn more about Manheim’s fixed imaging tunnels and see one in action, go here.

Originally posted on Auto Dealer Today

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