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?
BMW is currently developing car headlights based on laser technology. They are supposed to be a thousand times brighter than LEDs. They can also be used to scan possible dangers on the road ahead, adjust speed levels and regulate light diffusion.
Fiat and toy manufacturer Mattel have united two of their iconic products to create the limited edition 500 Barbie doll set. Available exclusively for a charity auction in favour of Save The Children.