Have you ever been out for a leisurely drive and come across something you’d like to purchase but can’t be sure how to fit it into your car’s cargo space? Or maybe you’re getting ready to move a child off to university and don’t know if all his/her stuff will fit.
Well, Daimler has an app for that — Pactris, and it was recently launched for the iPhone at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin.
A melding of the words “pack” and “Tetris,” the Pactris mobile app will be able to tell the Smart Fortwo owner if and how the purchases will fit into the small 2-seat city car’s luggage compartment.
The app is one of the results of the recently established Smart Lab — a think tank that aims to quickly implement creative projects related to the Smart brand.
Pactris was a Smart employee idea put forth at last year’s DigitalLife Day, a competition organized by Daimler for its employees to contribute to the company. Creators Sebastian Thiemt, Gabriel Selbach and Toni Hoang launched the app in the Apple App Store during a presentation at IFA Berlin, together with Daimler CEO Dr Dieter Zetsche. There is no word on whether it will also be developed for Android.
While shopping, the Pactris app uses a sophisticated algorithm to inform the owner if everything purchased will fit into the car. When standing at the car with purchases in hand, the app will tell him/her how they should be loaded in the trunk. And there’s no measurement involved; the user simply scans the barcode of the product purchased (anything from small appliances, to decorative items, to furniture pieces) and the app will demonstrate how the packages will sit in the Fortwo.
There is also a user-defined database from which the user can pick typical items (such as banker’s boxes or beer cases) and add them to the car’s luggage compartment. The app will work for both the Fortwo and the European Forfour.