This Hull inventor has come up with an ingenious solution to an everyday car problem
John England, Director of Cabung (Pictures: Katie Pugh)
By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 9 Nov 2017
Hull inventor John England has created an "innovative" device to stop loose change falling down the side of your car seat.
Cabung was launched last year and the businessman has already entered discussion with car manufacturers about purchasing the product, manufactured at Hull Microfirms Centre.
Mr England says he was inspired to create the device for car interiors after driving more than 40,000 miles a year for work and regularly losing change or belongings in his car.
Mr England said: “I invented it about 18 months ago and have gone through the process of making prototypes and getting international patent protection.
“I took Cabung to the London Motor Show and it was a great experience. We were on the store with Tiff Needell and have also been at other shows like the Car Fest South with Chris Evans about a month ago.
“It goes in between the seat and the centre console in a car to stop anything dropping into that gap. Everyone has had the experience where their phone, keys or cash slides down the side of the seat so we have made something to prevent that happening.
There was nothing out there, so we thought, why not making something. It fits most car seats, and we are really proud of the end product.
“My background is actually in buying land for housing. I’m not in the motor industry, but was spending a lot of time in the car, doing 40,000 miles a year. It was a problem I has myself so wanted to find a solution.”
He produces the device in Hull using a seamstress to put together the inflatable Cabung, which is now available to buy online.
After a long process of gaining patents and the necessary funding, Mr England received the first products ready for sale two months ago.
“We got the first one’s developed and through about two months ago. It was fantastic to finally get our hands on it,” he said.
“It’s been quite a local project, that we have been helped to do with European Grant funding. There’s a huge market for it, with 32 million cars being used in the UK.
“We have a website where people can buy it online, and plan to have an eBay shop as well. I met with a motor group in Leicester recently who have taken a few hundred.
“I have a couple of meetings with car manufacturers about doing something potentially with their branding specifically for their cars. The main thing at the minute is just getting the product out there and ensuring people understand what it is.
“Feedback has been great. When we were at the motor show in London is was a great opportunity for feedback and we were really happy with how it went.
"Tiff Needell came over to stall and spent lots of time us, really championing the Cabung which was fantastic.”