So Remi van Oers, a student at the Design Academy Eindhoven, came up with a clever solution: a self-inflating jack that looks like less of a car tool than a new Apple device.
Easy-Car-Jack has a tiny hole at its back that sucks air into an accordion-like balloon. The balloon — which is made of ultra-thick, PVC-coated woven polyester — then inflates almost immediately, propping up vehicles as heavy as 1.3 tons (about the size of an average European car or a small American car). All you've got to do is press a button.
A bonus: The jack's lid doubles as an emergency triangle and safety light. Just pop it off and set it down on the shoulder a few feet away. That way, you don't have to worry about getting creamed by passing cars.
Seems the designer thought of everything, eh? Well, not everything. Easy-Car-Jack won't put the spare on for you.
Van Oers unveiled Easy-Car-Jack at the Design Academy's graduation show last month. See more of his work here (Web site is in Dutch).