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RoboTire announced that it’s installed and started operating its system at a Discount Tire in Fountain Hills, Arizona. The system can replace four tires on a passenger vehicle in less than 25 minutes.
At the Discount Tire, the RoboTire System will remove, lift and install tire and wheel assemblies. RoboTire hopes that its system will reduce technician injuries that can be caused by repetitive heavy lifting. The system will be overseen by Discount Tire’s technicians, who will also provide pressure monitoring and balancing services.
“At Discount Tire, our priority is to continually innovate on the services we offer to give the best possible experience to our customers,” Tom Williams, chief experience officer at Discount Tire, said. “We are excited to be the first to market in our space with RoboTire’s technology. With our Discount Tire expert people operating RoboTire systems, we will make the workplace safer and the experience easier as we hope to continue to reduce customer wait times and take care of more and more customers.”
The RoboTire System is designed to be easily integrated into existing tire shops. The company’s fourth generation system is at work in Discount Tire. The system uses machine learning, artificial intelligence, high-definition cameras and the company’s proprietary software to change tires.
“Discount Tire has been a proven leader in the tire and wheel industry for more than 60 years,” Victor Darolfi, founder and CEO of RoboTire, said. “We are excited to expand our partnership with them to enhance safety and efficiency in their stores and help increase the number of customers that can be serviced on any given day. RoboTire’s systems will drastically change how tire stores and service centers like Discount Tire approach changing tires, employee and vehicle safety, and customer satisfaction.”
Discount Tire is an investor in RoboTire, and participated in the company’s $7.5 million Series A round that closed in October 2021. Other investors included Automotive Ventures, Detroit Venture Partners and 640 Oxford Ventures.
RoboTire was founded in 2018, and is based in Detroit, Michigan. Its goal is to build and deploy robots that service vehicles faster and safer.