Street-map test drive
Fiat has launched Happy Drive, a web application that allows consumers to virtually experience the Fiat 500 in their local environment with a virtual test drive thanks to Google Street View.
Why it matters
The online space is becoming increasingly important in offering high-level service traditionally reserved for in-store and tangible consumer touch points. How will an online showroom, complete with a virtual test drive, impact traditional dealerships?
Telefonica and Endesa have installed several ports in Madrid allowing people to charge their electric cars in telephone booths for free. After this trial, the plan is to expand to other cities and countries.
Renault has started a promotion called inverse betting. It’s an online auction where it’s the person who makes the lowest, unmatched bid that gets the car. If someone else chooses the same amount, your bid is invalid.