One of the central principles of engineering is KIS - 'Keep it Simple - and that applies even more to information technology, which has moved on within just a few years from bulky mainframe computers to desktops to tablets to smartphones.
Everything you could possibly want to know is out there but finding it, especially through the narrow perspective of a screen less than 100mm across, is often too time-consuming to be worthwhile.
Enter the app - a mini-programme, small enough to download quickly and conveniently over a wireless or 3G connection to your tablet or smartphone, that delivers fast, straightforward access to information and activities in a specific field, from booking movie tickets to finding your way to the cinema.
Now there's one for petrolheads.
To start with, there's hard news - new models, road tests, safety recalls, and 'how-to' features about essential maintenance (tyre pressures, fan belts, oil and coolant levels, stuff like that) to help keep you motoring instead of calling for help.
‘WHO YOU GONNA CALL?’
There's a directory, with mapping information, of emergency contact numbers and service providers such as mechanics and panel-beaters, to answer once and for all the Ghostbusters' question "Who you gonna call?".
For comparative shopping (and to settle braai-side arguments!) there's also a list of prices and specifications for every new car and bakkie on sale in South Africa, as well as a classified listing of cars for sale from dealers and private sellers across South Africa.