Sony cameras integrated into DeGould’s AI-powered vehicle inspection tech

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OEMs can now perform quick, seamless quality checks thanks to the integration of Sony cameras within DeGould’s AI-powered vehicle inspection systems.

The DeGould Auto-compact Drive and Track captures ultra-high resolution images using Sony Alpha 7R IVs, Sony Alpha 9 IIs and Sony lenses. DeGould’s dent arch lighting system and artificial intelligence algorithms detect dents and other damage. 

Sony’s Camera Remote Software Development Kit (SDK) enables Sony’s full-frame Alpha cameras to be integrated into DeGould’s vehicle inspection systems. Working in conjunction with DeGould’s AI, the Sony SDK helps the software transfer the images from the camera to a separate folder for AI processing and analysis. 

DeGould’s AI is said to be highly precise due to the image acquisition. Sony cameras and the Sony Camera Remote SDK provide 61MP resolution images. Images are recorded for review in the DeGould dashboard to determine plant quality and assign damage liability, improving the OEM supply chain. 

Dan Gould, founder of DeGould, said, “Our AI is extremely capable, but it can only pick up what it can see. If we were to use a 5MP image, we would miss important details; using a 61MP image, as we get from the Sony Alpha 7R IVs, we can capture every necessary detail.

“Irrespective of the car color being scanned, we’re able to maintain ultra-high image quality. We can also remotely adjust much more with our cameras than our competitors can. This level of control is possible due to the Sony Camera Remote SDK. 

Using cameras with full-frame sensors provides higher quality images, permitting a more accurate AI response and high-quality damage detection. 

Gould added, “By using Sony’s advanced imaging technology and with ongoing support from their technical team, we are developing the ideal solutions to solve the problems inherent in vehicle inspection.”

Yasuo Baba, director, digital imaging, Sony Europe commented, “The expansion of our B2B offering is a fundamental part of Sony’s long-term vision in the imaging market, and since the launch of our original Camera Remote SDK, we have worked with some incredibly exciting customers, including DeGould, to design some fascinating imaging applications. We are fully committed to the evolution of this SDK and will continue to add functionality based upon customer feedback as well as incorporating compatibility with the latest models in our line-up.” 

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