Accident management company Sopp+Sopp has partnered with damage detection specialist Wondle to introduce an AI-powered inspection service for commercial fleets.

Designed to combat the issue of unreported damage, the technology guides users through a three-minute vehicle inspection, automatically identifying and categorising damage based on fair wear and tear guidance, to produce an instant condition report.

Sopp+Sopp managing director Callum Langan said: “In many fleets unreported damage is only discovered when the vehicle lease ends, resulting in costly off-hire charges or an unexpected repair bill. 

“AI inspection has an important role to play in helping fleets gain a complete picture of vehicle condition. This technology allows drivers and depot managers to complete regular, quick inspections that paint a realistic picture of fleet condition and support decision-making.

“We’re already using the AI inspection solution to support our fleet customers. One great example is a recent mid-term inspection, where we used the app to inspect 90 vehicles in a single day with excellent accuracy.

“Wondle identified previously unreported damage on more than 50 of the vehicles, providing individual reports instantly and a full trend report within 24 hours. The app delivered valuable insight to inform repair and driver training decisions without the time and cost implications of a standard inspection.”

Wondle co-founder and director Matt Cranny said: “Large fleets don’t have the time and resources to complete inspections for minor vehicle damage and calculate its financial impact.

“That’s why around half of vehicles incur a charge at the end of their lease period, with average costs now at £561 for vans. These costs are difficult to budget accurately, especially in the current market where long lead times on new vehicles are causing leases to be extended.

“Our AI-powered tool offers a simple, cost-effective solution to this problem. We’re looking forward to working with Sopp+Sopp to deliver improved visibility of fleet condition to its customers.”