SnapSkan is a digital service developed by Nokian Tyres, that tells the driver the condition of their tyres by using a drive-over scanner and the consumer’s mobile device. The service, now in operation in Scandinavia, reached its one-millionth scan this May. The results of the scans in Finland show that 10 % of Finnish drivers drive with dangerous tyres.
SnapSkan helps you learn and keep track of the condition of your tyres – digitally
SnapSkan was developed when Nokian Tyres realized that most drivers were unaware of the condition of their tyres. Tyres play an integral part in the car’s safety, as they are the only part of the vehicle actually in contact with the road.
- Modern cars are equipped with a lot of safety technology, which is great. However, no safety equipment will help keep the vehicle on the road as efficiently as tyres that are in good condition, says Ville Nikkola, Head of Consumer Business Operations from Nokian Tyres.
Nokian Tyres wanted to make checking the tyre condition as well as tracking it easy for the consumer.
- We placed the service in places where many people drive through every day anyway and made the results accessible via the driver’s own mobile device. As a registered user of the SnapSkan service, it is not only easy to learn the condition of your tyres, but also keep up to date on it, Nikkola explains.
One million scans and counting
SnapSkan was first introduced in 2016 with one pilot location in a parking garage in Helsinki, Finland. In May 2018, the service opened up new service points covering all of Finland’s biggest cities as well as expanded to Oslo, Norway. One year after, the benchmark of one million scans was reached.
- We are happy that so many consumers have found the service, says Nikkola. – We are hoping to make the roads safer to millions of more in the future.
The lucky driver of the one-millionth scanned vehicle was Markus, who lives in Helsinki. He visited the SnapSkan service point in Kaari shopping center parking hall.
- I work on road paving work sites all over Finland and that is why road safety has a special place in my heart, Markus says. – I also believe that drivers are unaware of the condition of their tyres and need to be educated more on the matter.
SnapSkan offers a solution for checking as well as monitoring tyres’ condition
After one million scans, SnapSkan reveals that 10 % of Finnish drivers use tyres that are dangerous on the roads because of their low tread depth. The figure is lower for winter tyres than for summer tyres, as the Scandinavian harsh winters require good tyres for safety. Changing tyres between the seasons is a requirement by law and this causes its own problems:
- Very often the condition of the tyres is only checked when they are fitted on once a year. For example, summer tyres can wear out a lot on hot summer roads, and are not safe anymore when the heavy autumn rains arrive. For this, SnapSkan also offers a solution, as monitoring the progress of the wearing is easy with the digital monthly reports, Nikkola says
What is SnapSkan and how does it work?
SnapSkan by Nokian Tyres is a digital service, consisting of a drive-over scanner in a public place and a digital system that provides a registered user a free-of-charge report on the condition of their tyres. Drivers can register to the service by adding their register number on the SnapSkan website. As they drive over the SnapSkan scanner after registering, the scanner measures the tyres’ tread depth and the system recognizes the user by their registration number. The report on the tyres’ condition is then automatically sent to the user’s mobile device. If the user visits the SnapSkan service place often, they will receive a report once a month.