An AutoTrader survey showed that 53% of motorists are attempting car maintenance jobs themselves, in an effort to save cash. Pit Start is a new DIY garage service in the UK that’s picking up on this trend, and offering to rent space and tools to drivers who want to try their hand at basic maintenance.
Why it matters
"How To" accounts for 3% of all search terms. It’s clear that people are trying to avoid paying someone else to do something they could do themselves. How can brands respond proactively; so that instead of losing service business, they’re renting out they’re resources to help consumers learn something new?
Tell me your favourite song and carmaker Jeep will tell you where to drive. The car manufacturer developed an interesting online concept in Spain called “Drive your track”. Users are asked to upload their favourite song, then special technology reads the sound wave generated and finds a landscape that matches the shape of the wave. With a further click, users can discover the route to reach their destination and useful information about the places they may see along the way.
Car maker Honda, well known for its human look-a -like robot Asimo, now bridges the gap between man and machine with new MECH-devices like the WAD (Walking Assist Device). The included stride management system supports people with walking difficulties (e.g. the elderly or those in rehab) to regain muscle power and to walk longer distances.