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?
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