V2M tech is designed to catch car problems – by listening for them

V2M tech is designed to catch car problems – by listening for them
One of the prototype V2M electroacoustic sensing modules (center)
One of the prototype V2M electroacoustic sensing modules (center)
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One of the prototype V2M electroacoustic sensing modules (center)
One of the prototype V2M electroacoustic sensing modules (center)

While there are some mechanical problems that can easily be detected by a car's onboard sensors, there are others which are a bit trickier. The V2M system is designed to catch those other ones, by listening for them using onboard modules.

Currently being developed by a Delaware-based startup of the same name, V2M consists of two electroacoustic sensing modules – located in the front and rear of the automobile – along with a control unit located in the middle.

Utilizing this hardware, the system continuously monitors and records the operating noises of the vehicle. The analog recordings are converted to digital signals, which are relayed to an online server for analysis by AI-based algorithms. If any problems are detected, the car's owner and/or their mechanic is notified via an app and an internet-accessible dashboard.

Alerts could also be sent to the car's existing onboard diagnostic system, to vehicle manufacturers, and to fleet operators. In any case, the idea is that the required maintenance can then be performed as soon as possible, before more extensive repairs are needed – V2M's name is in fact an acronym for "vehicle-to-maintenance."

We're told that among other things, the system can presently identify the sounds of problematic wheel bearings; timing, tension and idle rollers; and CV joints. The designers are now working on the identification of sounds associated with suspension problems.

V2M is intended for use in both internal combustion and electric vehicles – the current prototype version of the system has been installed in a Tesla sedan. It is hoped that a market-ready version will be available by June. The company is reportedly already in talks with Ferarri, which may ultimately include the system as standard equipment in its vehicles.

Source: V2M

Something like this could be useful if the recordings were also available to skilled mechanics. A lot of intermittent problems take hours of riding around under just the right conditions to diagnose.
Neat idea, but you lost me at connecting to online servers for AI analysis. The only always-on connection I will have in my vehicle is my phone.
Very cool technology!
This "sounds" interesting. Can you provide a link to their patent or articles? I've tried checking their website for information, but came up empty handed.
Ferarri? Really?
Phil Runciman
This technique could be applied to heavy machinery such a mining machinery and processing plant. Often small operations use break down maintenance and this is expensive.
That's an excellent idea. I used to work for a tech company which produced vibration testing units for machinery preventive maintenance. It didn't listen, but it felt for vibrations. I'm sure these little boxes will help a lot of oblivious drivers to prevent really expensive repairs by getting them to the shop before a little knock blows the entire engine up. My only curiosity is if it responds to someone with a massive stereo system and reads the subwoofers as a problem. ;)