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Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

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  • Automatic helps improve driving habits and save on fuel. Save up to $800 / year on gas
  • Never forget where you parked, diagnose and clear your check engine light, and find nearby mechanics
  • Get help in a serious crash, and notify your loved ones
  • Simple one-time setup - Automatic requires iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s or Android 4.0+
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Product Information

Technical Details
Item Weight2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
Item model numberLink1-ON
Manufacturer Part NumberLink1-ON
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #774 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableNovember 25, 2013
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Product Description


Your Car and Smartphone, Connected

Just plug the Automatic Link into your car's data (OBD-II) port. Your car and smartphone will automatically connect whenever you drive, wirelessly.

This is the Automatic Link

The Link talks to your car's onboard computer and uses your smartphone's GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities.

Automatic works only in the United States with just about any gasoline engine car sold in the U.S. since 1996. It does not work with diesel, natural gas, or electric cars. Automatic requires iPhone 4s, 5, 5c, 5s or Android 4.0+. You can check if yours is compatible before purchasing at http://www.automatic.com/cars (please copy and paste this link into a new browser window).

Easy Install, No Tools Required

The Automatic Link plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service (OBD-II port). It's easily accessible near the steering wheel.

Bluetooth Wireless

Using Bluetooth technology and sophisticated energy-saving algorithms, Automatic minimizes your phone's battery consumption. (iPhone uses BT 4.0, Android uses BT 2.1+).

Drive Smarter, Save Big

Automatic helps you make small changes in your driving habits that can lead to huge savings on gas over time.

Driving Feedback

Automatic learns about your driving style and gives you subtle audio cues when you do things that waste gas, like:

  • Rough Braking - Braking abruptly decreases fuel efficiency and dramatically increases wear-and-tear on your car's brake pads.
  • Speeding - Highway speeding may not save you much time, but driving 10 MPH over the speed limit reduces fuel efficiency by 12-15%.
  • Rapid Acceleration - Stepping hard on the gas pedal decreases fuel efficiency and wastes money.

Automatic shows how you're doing on every trip.

Drive Score

Automatic scores your driving every week to help you improve. A high score could save you hundreds on gas every year.

Trip Timeline

The Automatic app displays detailed info about your week, like how much you drive and where.

See the actual MPGs for all your trips, even for older cars that don't display fuel efficiency on the dashboard.

Automatic also detects fill-ups and even tracks local gas prices to show you how much you're spending. (Feature not supported in some car models.)

Android-Exclusive Do-Not-Disturb Feature

Automatic on Android can also help you stay focused on the road by silencing your phone when you drive, and automatically sending a text message to incoming phone callers notifying them that you are driving.


Automatic Contacts Help in a Crash

Crash Alert can detect a collision and notify local authorities with your location, even if you can't.

Crash Alert

Automatic can detect many types of serious crashes using the Link's built-in accelerometer and automatically report it to local authorities using your iPhone and Android's data connection.

Automatic can also send a text message to your loved ones to let them know emergency dispatchers are being contacted.

(Crash Alert only works in the US. In a crash, it requires an adequate location (GPS) signal, connection to the Link, and cellular data connection. It cannot contact local authorities or emergency contacts if your Link, iPhone or Android is damaged or disconnected by the crash. The reliability of local emergency services can vary. Automatic cannot guarantee local emergency services will respond to a Crash Alert.)


Keep Your Engine Healthy

Automatic connects to your car's onboard computer to decipher that little 'check engine' light and explain exactly what's wrong.

Push Notifications

When the 'check engine' light comes on, Automatic alerts you right away with a push notification. It then retrieves the Engine Trouble Codes - which help mechanics diagnose the problem - from your car's onboard computer.

Engine Health

Automatic shows you what those Engine Trouble Codes mean and in many cases offers possible solutions. For simple problems, you can even clear the light yourself, and save a trip to the shop.

For more complicated issues, Automatic shows you well-reviewed mechanics nearby. Call them or get directions with a tap.


Never Forget Where You Parked

Automatic always remembers where you parked, so you don't have to.

No Manual Check-In Required

Because Automatic connects to your car when you drive, it always knows where you parked.

Multi-Driver Support

Drivers of the same car can grant each other access to its parked location for seamless car sharing.

This Is Just The Beginning

Automatic is an investment in your car that improves over time.

Free App Updates

The Automatic app receives regular updates with new features and refinements.

Over-the-Air Firmware Updates

The software inside the Link also updates itself automatically over time.

Product Description

Automatic seeks to empower drivers with knowledge about themselves and their cars so they can be safer and drive smarter. We believe you shouldn’t have to buy a new car to have a better driving experience, and that the phone in your pocket can bring the future of driving to today’s automobiles. Automatic helps you make changes to your driving behavior so you can save on gas, always remembers where you parked, diagnoses your check engine light, and automatically calls for help in a crash while notifying your loved ones.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I'll keep it just because I don't like returning things that are not broken, but I won't buy another one.
Wise Guy
You can move the device from one car to the other and it will know which car it is in and provide data for that car.
M. Kooiman
In the car it keeps my hard braking and speeding in check, better gas mileage and safer driving - win win.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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237 of 267 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous VINE VOICE on November 18, 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
I really wanted to like the Automatic Link, as the idea of a car data-gathering app that can do things like mileage reporting is a great one. But the execution of the product is frustratingly poor, from a troubling inattention to privacy to a feature-poor initial app without key functions like seamless support for multiple drivers. I'd recommend that buyers pass on this product at this price, and especially recommend waiting at least until the app's developer adds more sensible privacy controls.

The feature set is a reasonable one, but some of it is easier to come by elsewhere than the marketing lets on. A simple OBD2 code reader can be had even with Bluetooth for a small fraction of the Automatic's price, so reading the problem codes for a "check engine" light is not a strong selling point. (In addition, the Automatic Link doesn't respond at all to some error codes -- giving no help when my car's TPMS system-check light came on, for instance).

Beyond this, the app offers excellent trip tracking -- each segment you drive the car is added to Automatic's cloud servers and viewable in the app from any connected phone (though this has terrible privacy implications I'll say more about later). And it both records in its trip log, and triggers a little audible alert, anytime one of three things happens: the car brakes hard, accelerates hard, or drives over 70mph. It also gives you a very prominently displayed "score" based on avoiding these alerts, supposedly to help users drive more fuel-efficiently.
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
September 18, 2014
Hi Anonymous,

First of all, thanks for giving Automatic a spin last Fall. A lot has happened and changed since then! I'd like to address some of your concerns with Automatic to provide clarity as well as updates (where we have them).

Our Check Engine Light feature is for the "Check Engine Light" (CEL) only. There are many maintenance lights that can come on on a dashboard but we're only able to detect and diagnose the CEL as other types of lights are manufacturer specific and not made available to us. Here are a couple of FAQ posts from our customer community that delve into this a bit more:

It's true that when our product first launched users were unable to turn the alerts off. However, we quickly added that functionality in and you can disable the alerts in the settings panel of the app. A few months ago we also added the ability to adjust the speed threshold at which Automatic alerts you that you're speeding. Here are some FAQ posts with more on these features:

We also now have Multi-User support so that more than one driver can be connected to the same Link in the same car but each with their own app account. There's still more refinement we plan to do with this feature down the road.

We understand your concerns regarding privacy, the security of your data and how we use your data. The reason why we store your data on our servers basically comes down to user experience. If you switch phones or lose all of the data on your previous phone, your old data will automatically appear upon logging in to the app. Additionally, we now have a web dashboard that allows you to view and analyze your data on a large format screen, apply different filters to the data to gain insights into your driving and even export your data for mileage tracking and reporting. This tool would not be possible if we didn't collect and store your data on our servers. You can check that out here: https://dashboard.automatic.com

Our tech support team also needs to access your data in order to troubleshoot bugs and issues and, in turn, improve overall performance of the app.

To clarify, we do not share your data with anyone outside our company, and we would never share personally identifiable information with third parties unless it was in the capacity of a program that benefitted the user AND was user *opt-in.* In terms of security, all data sent from the Link to your phone is done with bank-level AES encryption. Once you set up the Link with your phone, no one except you can communicate with the device. Second, the data sent from your phone to our servers is also encrypted, where it resides within our secured cloud-based network. We are constantly working to strengthen our security and will continue to invest in that as we grow our team and bring on more resources.

Finally, we agree that our Privacy Policy could be clearer and are in the midst of revamping it now to provide more clarity. We're also constantly adding new features and improving the functionality of Automatic -- through updates to the app, firmware updates over-the-air on the Link, and new features on the web. We've come a long way since we launched last Fall and are excited about all the great things to come!

I hope this explains things a bit more, and be sure to check out our community if you have any additional questions or feedback: http://community.automatic.com. Thanks!

-Automatic Customer Success
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197 of 227 people found the following review helpful By FirePepper Red on December 2, 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The Automatic Link Smart Driving Assistant is an interesting new product geared for people who want to optimize their driving habits to improve fuel economy. Unfortunately the product provides very few benefits to most drivers who are already conscious of saving fuel. For example, the product beeps to let you know that you are driving over 70 MPH, braking severely, or accelerating too quickly. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, the problem is that most drivers will know when when they are doing these things and will not need the driving assistant to remind them.

Another major negative of the Smart Driving Assistant is that it you must pair it to your phone in order for it to function. It does not have a memory of its own so if you do not connect it to your phone it will not function or give you feedback. The problem with this is that you cannot connect your phone to your bluetooth headset while driving. The majority of drivers out there will likely rather pair to their bluetooth headset over the driving assistant so that in the event of a call they can actually drive more safely.

*** Positive Points: ***

- Easy setup
- Automatic updates to app and to the Automatic Link
- Provides information on gas prices and mechanics
- Logs your trip and your overall driving habits during that trip
- Provides a Calculation of how much the trip will cost in gas
- Will work on multiple cars.
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December 20, 2013
Hi S M "firepepper red",

First of all, thank you so much for giving Automatic a try. We agree that there is a lot of potential and we're really excited for all the features coming down the road. You can always check out our customer community to suggest ideas and see which ones we're planning and considering. You'll find it from the Support page of our web site.

I also wanted to clarify a couple of points you made. You actually should be able to use Automatic and pair your phone for Bluetooth calling. I use Automatic in my car with my phone connected to the car via Bluetooth for both phone calls and music with no problem. If you've had a problem in this regard please either post in our community for help or email our tech support team at help[at]automatic[dot]com. Our support staff is super responsive and eager to help!

We're working on our Android app now. The Beta is releasing next week and we plan to have 1.0 of the Android app ready some time in early 2014!

In a recent update we made some big enhancements to the Parking Location feature including satellite view and walking directions. We've also made additional improvements to Crash Alert -- another feature that just couldn't work if you didn't have your phone in the car with you as a live agent calls you in the event of a crash.

Thanks again for being a customer!
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Shane on April 10, 2014
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The idea is great, something that will track your car and tell you things like your mileage, trip information, gps info, even mpg. As someone who drives a lot and spends a lot on gas every month, I thought this would be a godsend on tracking my driving habits and gas usage. And the app really looked pretty polished, which was nice. The bad part was that I was unable to get the thing to work reliably. I want something where I can just leave Bluetooth on and just drive around and then when I'm home check up on my trips. But it has to be reliable and Automatic is not very reliable at all.

It began okay, plugged it in and synced it to the app. All good. Then it said to detect ignition, and it refused to pick it up. It said maybe I had to drive around a bit so I took a short trip around the block. Nothing. After turning my car off and on many times hoping it would start working, I decided to try unplugging and plugging it back in. It was able to detect the car and send the information to the app. But whenever I would drive it wouldn't pick up the app and sync. I could unplug and replug it in and it would work for a few minutes and then they would lose connection and stop working. It would never work when I got into the car. I read through their help and tried those steps, but nothing. I tried everything, restarting the app multiple times, unplugging the dongle, turning bluetooth on and off. I made sure it was open and running when I even started my trip. Nothing seemed to make it more reliable. This wasn't something that was easier to use, it was more work. Had to return it.

(This is for the iPhone version, didn't try the Android one. I believe they are different devices and work slightly different)
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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
June 30, 2014
Hi Shane. I'm really sorry to hear about your experience with Automatic. It sounds like you never successfully got through setup. This is something our Tech Support would be happy to help with. They can be reached at help@automatic.com. The Link is the same for both iOS and Android but the apps are separate. We just released the 2.0 version of our iPhone app with new features and better reliability. I hope you'll give us another chance again at some point down the road!

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