Skoda has developed new technology it believes will make car mechanics’ lives easier – or possible make them redundant entirely.
The Czech brand – which sits under VW Group’s ownership – says it has completed successful trials of a smartphone app that can listen to any thuds, bangs or clatter produced by a vehicle and diagnose the problem from the sound alone.
Called the Skoda Sound Analyser, the manufacturer says it has a 90 per cent success rate of identifying issues with cars correctly.
Skoda has developed the system in house to be used by technicians in its franchised servicing departments to quickly detect whether any repair work is required.
‘The system is so sensitive that it can recognise even the smallest irregularity in the engine sound and can suggest a range of service measures that might be needed,’ the car company said.
To use the technology, mechanics only needs to record the engine sound via a smartphone microphone.
It then records the noise made by the motor and compares it to stored sound patterns.
If it identifies there is a difference to the rumble of a healthy engine, the app uses an algorithm to determine what might be the problem causing the discrepancy and how it can be resolved.
Skoda says the software has already been fine-tuned to be able to recognise ten patterns, finding the correct problem nine times out of ten.