In the past, electro-optical inspection technology met with little success in the automotive industry's production environment. Service, maintainability and reliability were high on the list of problems. A credibility gap between the industrial minded plants and the laboratory oriented suppliers developed through a lack of understanding on both sides. Recent social, economic and competitive pressures have made increased quality demands of the automotive industry. Advanced technology can be an effective tool in solving quality problems if that old credibility gap is bridged. The Transmission and Chassis Division of Ford Motor Company has developed an Advanced Gauging Program in an attempt to bridge that gap. Program funded feasibility demonstrations provide manufacturing plants with a technical awareness, and suppliers with a knowledge of industrial conditions and requirements. Currently installed advanced gauging systems are paving the way for future inspection needs.