BMW deployed RealWear — running Ubimax Frontline augmented reality — to 347 BMW Centers and selected MINI Dealers to reduce vehicle service times
Increasingly advanced vehicle technology forced after-sales BMW service facilities to increase maintenance times — risking customer dissatisfaction.
BMW deployed RealWear, running Ubimax Frontline augmented reality, to 347 BMW Centers and selected MINI Dealers to reduce vehicle maintenance times.
Hands-Free Use Case
Unfortunately, the increasingly complex and advanced technology used in BMW vehicles require more time and expertise to diagnose, repair and maintain — despite a network of expert BMW technical support engineers.
A single issue in one car can create a long chain of emails and multiple phone calls between an onsite technician and a BMW engineer to diagnose. This lengthens service times, which directly conflicts with BMWs goal of delivering top-notch customer service at every touchpoint.
BMW needed a more efficient way to connect local technicians to expert help to get vehicles serviced and back to drivers as quickly as possible.
BMW turned to RealWear HMT-1 wearable devices running Ubimax Frontline augmented reality technology to power its technician-engineer collaboration process
The RealWear HMT-1 hands-free controls are uniquely suited for the environment of auto service garages. Using voice commands, technicians can access and view technical documents on a high-resolution micro-display or remotely connect with BMW engineers — without taking their hands off of their other tools. The HMT-1’s camera enables offsite engineers to see exactly what’s in front of the local technician and can collaborate in diagnosing the issue in real time.
Ubimax Frontline’s seamless integration with the HMT-1 headset adds another layer to the collaborative process. With Ubimax’s xInspect and xAssist, remote BMW engineers can markup live video feeds or image stills, which can be seen on the RealWear headset’s micro-display. This allows technicians to focus on specific components.
“This is a great example of how we are applying new technologies to help our technicians work more efficiently,” says Claus Eberhart, VP Aftersales at BMW of North America.
Technicians agree and have enthusiastically embraced the RealWear deployment.
“It’s very easy to connect with BMW through the glasses and it saves time,” says Henry Gelb, Shop Foreman at Nick Alexander Imports. “In one session, we were able to eliminate a lot of back and forth emails and phone calls. Any time a car can be fixed faster, it promotes efficiency and productivity.”
BMW deployed RealWear and Ubimax to all 347 BMW centers and selected Mini dealerships. With technicians able to get the right expertise at the right time, even difficult issues are resolved more quickly. Some repairs are being completed up to 75% faster.
Beyond reducing service times, technicians are also appreciating easier access to on-the-job training by BMW engineers.
“Having a valuable tool like this in your arsenal when dealing with difficult-todiagnose cars will be well worth it,” says Gelb.
While technicians are able to streamline their collaborative process and improve their skills and knowledge, the real winners are ultimately BMW customers.
“This furthers our commitment to offering the best possible service experience for BMW customers,” says Eberhart. “By solving issues faster, BMW dealers can get customers back into their cars sooner.”