Grupo Antolin and ennomotive have launched a challenge to encourage engineers and companies to develop a computer vision system to control quality of leather used in premium car interiors.

The Spanish supplier has unveiled the challenge jointly with ennomotive, as part of its open innovation programme, Antolin i.Jump.

With the programme, Antolin is looking to develop solutions for the automotive industry, led by the electric and connected vehicle and process digitation.

Through the open innovation platform created by ennomotive, a company specialised in solving technology challenges, Antolin has already completed six challenges in the last two years, where more than three hundred engineers and professionals submitted a solution.

The 111 proposals allowed the company to access solutions to support future Grupo Antolin innovations.

The new challenge aims to design and validate a computer vision system for the detection of defects in leather  used in interior trims for premium cars.

This way, an improvement in quality-cost can be achieved, maintains Antolin, as well as automation of a process that, at present, it is carried out almost manually.

The online competition is open to professionals, computer vision companies, universities or tech centres which develop algorithms.

The winner will carry out a pilot test funded by Grupo Antolin to see the result of their solution. The company will select those deemed more viable, robust and easy to implement within its manufacturing process.

Those interested in participating in this challenge will need to sign up on and send their proposal before 29 March, 2022.

“Antolin i.Jump is an open innovation initiative to collaborate with the entrepreneurial world to strengthen and accelerate R&D and innovation, as well as the technological development of the company,” noted an Antolin statement.

“Grupo Antolin wants to create an open ecosystem for idea and knowledge exchange in which both engineers and physicists and other STEM profiles, such as start-ups, SME’s, tech centres and universities from all over the world, may participate.”