CarBeast in Ann Arbor launches app that predicts vehicle repairs

The CarBeast application allows technicians to diagnose various problems and inform about possible future maintenance. // Image bank

CarBeast in Ann Arbor today launched the first app that diagnoses vehicle problems and informs about potential future maintenance and repairs needed, all based on hundreds of millions of actual records that reflect the experience of tens of thousands vehicle maintenance technicians in North America.

“Owners are keeping their vehicles longer out of necessity, especially given the current vehicle shortages that are creating increased demand for repairs as well as preventative maintenance,” says Kunal Joshi, data scientist at CarBeast. . “CarBeast helps reduce the stress and inconvenience of vehicle maintenance issues and also serves as a learning tool.”

Prior to developing the app, CarBeast surveyed the general public and found significant, albeit unmet, demand for access to information to help make informed decisions about repairs and maintenance as well as when buying a used vehicle.

CarBeast uses information from vehicle service records that reflect the experiences of many technicians to not only help diagnose current service needs, but also to plan and prepare for future service and repairs. New data is continually added to CarBeast, which automatically learns about new problems and their resolutions.

Record prices and depleted inventory levels have helped the average age of vehicles on US roads hit a record 12.1 years, according to IHS Markit, which has a local office in Southfield. Additionally, the average retail price for new vehicles in the first quarter of 2022 in the United States topped $44,000 for the first time, according to JD Power in Troy.

Backed by technology and expertise from a technology company based in Ann Arbor, Michigan Ubiquitous Inc., CarBeast is a web-based artificial intelligence (AI) assistant that takes the guesswork out of identifying the root causes of vehicle problems, helping owners anticipate what can go wrong with their vehicle, repairs that are likely to be needed and their approximate costs. .

“In this era of a technology explosion, including a major escalation in software-related technology, certain parts of the tech world can have a significant impact on the average person,” says David Cole, president emeritus of the Center for Automotive Research. . and professor emeritus at the University of Michigan College of Engineering, both in Ann Arbor.

“CarBeast has brought effective automotive repair data management to the automotive world so that average consumers can understand and use this information. We often hear of people doing unnecessary things on their vehicles and don’t do things that should be done. CarBeast is an important game-changing tool in the automotive world.”

CarBeast currently offers two features: CarBeast Insight and CarBeast Foresight.

CarBeast Insight allows a vehicle owner to describe the “symptoms” of the problem their vehicle is currently experiencing. The app then combs through knowledge from its vast database of repair records to find similar cases. Innovative AI uses these records to provide a list of repairs that may resolve the issue and their approximate costs.

Additionally, CarBeast Insight provides the user with a list and contact information of nearby dealerships and service centers.

CarBeast Foresight also alerts a vehicle owner to future issues their vehicle may have. Using service records from similar year, make and model vehicles, CarBeast Foresight identifies what repairs the owner’s vehicle may need in the future, the projected costs, and whether those issues may snowball into bigger issues.

CarBeast Foresight allows the user to see the total projected maintenance and repair costs over a selected mileage range, along with details of each service and repair that will likely be required.

Anticipating possible repairs helps make better decisions about buying, owning and maintaining vehicles.

CarBeast is available on for a limited-time introductory price of $0.99 per year per vehicle.

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