Autologic approached PDT to develop their next generation multi-brand European vehicle diagnostics device designated AssistPlus. The device delivers OEM-like diagnostics and includes a touch screen interface design, WiFi and on-board camera for taking stills and recording video allowing live support feeds from experienced technicians.
The challenge for PDT was to take the client provided concept and provide a cost effective design for manufacture solution whilst maintaining the valued look and feel.
The PDT ID team refined the concept which required ruggedized housings with an edge to edge screen centric device with built in carry handle allowing the unit to be attached to the steering wheel of the vehicle during operation. Render visuals were produced for first adopters to get feedback on color, material and finish.
PDT’s designers and engineers worked with Autologic’s electronics house to ensure the device hardware was grounded and all electro-mechanical components were placed. PDT’s mechanical team then captured the chosen concept and generated all the unique mechanical parts, assemblies and drawings.
The product was released into the market and was well received by early customers.
Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product design and development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including strategy, scouting, design research, industrial design, user experience development, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, and sourcing. PDT’s award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 70 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association.