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?
The RodeDog app detects when motorists are attempting to drive and text at the same time. It sends a message to friends and family members who can hopefully discourage drivers from the practice.
The app works by determining if a driver is behind the wheel using the GPS functionality. Users can add friends and family to their list of people who get notified if they attempt to drive and use their phone at the same time. If they are caught doing so, friends can respond by sending alerts–audible dog barks – to remind them that they should be concentrating on the road.
Car-sharing service Zipcar have released an iPhone application that finds and reserves cars based on your location using GPS. Not only that, but you can lock and unlock your Zipcar , and honk its horn to find it in a crowd, all with just a press of your iPhone.