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VIC­TO­RIA UNIVER­SITY re­searchers, FMP Group (Aus­tralia) and Invision soft­ware de­vel­op­ers have up­graded the Bendix Brake Pad app af­ter what they say were 18 months of toil.

Ac­cord­ing to FMP, where the orig­i­nal app re­quired the in­put of im­age data and ad­di­tional spec­i­fi­ca­tions, the ad­vanced app re­quires just a pho­to­graph of the brake pad and re­turns a re­sult with the re­place­ment part num­ber and tech­ni­cal data within sec­onds.

“The new app will greatly as­sist me­chan­ics in work­shops to de­ter­mine the cor­rect brake pad for the job,” the com­pany says.

The univer­sity devel­op­ment team su­per­vised by As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Daniel Lai con­ducted an ini­tial anal­y­sis of the pre­vi­ous soft­ware pro­gram launched by Bendix and de­ter­mined ar­eas in which im­prove­ments could be made.

Devel­op­ment was done on a PC be­fore the im­age recog­ni­tion en­gine was ported to An­droid and iPhone plat­forms, an as­pect in the devel­op­ment process which was par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult due to the sub­tle dif­fer­ence be­tween smart­phone cam­eras.

The new app re­quires the orig­i­nal brake pad to be placed onto a clean white sur­face. Hold­ing the phone above the brake pad so that it is aligned and cen­tre of the view­ing area just take a pho­to­graph and within sec­onds the im­age will se­lect the re­place­ment part num­ber along with other brake pad in­for­ma­tion.

“This break­through tech­nol­ogy is a first for Aus­tralia and is avail­able now for down­load­ing,” Bendix mar­ket­ing man­ager Ian Bott says. “It’s even more ac­cu­rate and faster than the orig­i­nal award win­ning app launched in 2014, sav­ing valu­able time in work­shops through­out Aus­tralia.”

To down­load or up­date the Bendix Brake Pad Iden­ti­fier app us­ing an An­droid or Smart­phone, log onto Google Play and search for the ‘Bendix Brake Pad Iden­ti­fier’, se­lect and in­stall.

When us­ing an iPhone, se­lect the app store icon, search for ‘Bendix Brake Pad Iden­ti­fier’, se­lect ‘FREE to in­stall’.

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