Ford Implementing Augmented Reality for Dealership Techs
Nov. 24, 2021—Ford is implementing “See What I See”, an augmented reality system from TeamViewer, at its dealership centers to help support its repair technicians.
The service is offered by Ford's Technical Assistance Center (TAC), a centralized diagnostic troubleshooting team that provides support to all Ford and Lincoln dealerships' technicians who diagnose and repair customer vehicles. Dealer technicians can initially reach out to TAC specialists via a web-based portal on the phone. With the See What I See program, TAC specialists can now start a remote AR session using TeamViewer Frontline through a pair of onsite RealWear smart glasses to share, in real time, exactly what the repair technician is looking at. TAC specialists can add on-screen annotations and additional documentation directly in the line of sight of the repair technicians, as well as zoom in, share their screen, record the session and even turn on flashlights remotely.
"My team diagnoses some of the most complex and complicated vehicle issues," Bryan Jenkins, TAC powertrain operations manager, said in a statement. "I would frequently hear my team say that if they could only see what that technician is talking about, or what the technician is doing or how they're completing a test, then they could solve the problem more accurately. A picture is worth 1000 words, but sometimes that still wasn't quite enough, and we needed a way to see something live and in action. And that's what really kicked this whole program off."