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Automatic Smart Driving Assistant

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  • New Feature: License+ for teen drivers and parents: Coach your teen to safe driving. Set goals together, stay in touch, and reward progress.
  • Save up to 30% on gas (or $800/yr) by learning to make small changes in your driving.
  • Real-time audio feedback while you drive. Compare your drive score with friends and family.
  • Full-service crash response 24/7 - get help in a serious crash, and notify your loved ones.
  • Be empowered at the mechanic - diagnose and clear your check engine light, or find nearby mechanics.
  • Never forget where you parked. Analyze your driving data on the web.
  • Automatic plugs into your car's data port, typically located under the steering wheel. No tools required.
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandAutomatic
Item Weight2.4 ounces
Product Dimensions5 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches
Item model numberLink1-ON
Manufacturer Part NumberLink1-ON
  
Additional Information
ASINB00FJXKE5E
Best Sellers Rank #85 in Automotive (See top 100)
Shipping Weight2.4 ounces (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

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.

From the Manufacturer

Automatic is a connected car adapter that helps you drive smarter with the car you have today.

Save hundreds on gas

Get personalized feedback on your driving in real-time and after you drive.

Compare your drive score with friends, family and other Automatic users.

Get low fuel warnings and how many miles you have left in the tank based on your driving.

Never forget where you parked. No Manual check-in required.

24/7 crash response

Automatically get help and notify loved ones if you're in a crash.

Full-service crash alert agents, available 24/7.

No subscription fees.

Diagnose your engine light

Decode and clear your check engine light. Be empowered at the mechanic.

Save a trip to the mechanic if it's something you can fix, like a loose gas cap.

If it's serious, you'll know what you're talking about at the mechanic.

License+ for teen drivers

Coach your teen to safe driving with the License+ program. Teens select a coach, typically a parent. Drivers earn badges for mastering driving skills, such as highway driving, night driving, etc, and earn a virtual medal to certify completion of the 100-hr program.

Ensure your newly licensed teen driver is safe, while providing them space to learn on their own.

Do-Not-Disturb while driving

Drive safer by eliminating distractions from your phone.

Our Android Do-Not-Disturb feature automatically silences incoming texts, notifications, and phone calls when you drive.

It can even auto-reply to phone calls with a text message to let them know you’re driving.

Connect your car to home

Connect your car to other internet apps and services with If This Then That (IFTTT). A few examples:

Send a text message to my significant other when I'm heading home from work.

Automatically turn down my thermostat when I leave the house.

Read more on our official website.

Web Dashboard

In addition to the Automatic iPhone and Android app, you can now analyze your driving data on the web.

Show trips from all your vehicles, or filter by time/date, distance, mpg, cost, duration.

Export data for business expensing purposes.

How Automatic Works

Just plug the Automatic Link adapter into your car’s data port, typically located underneath the steering wheel.

Download the Automatic iPhone or Android app.

Follow the setup process to connect the Automatic Link adapter to your phone via Bluetooth. No tools required!

Automatic is compatible with most gasoline cars made for the US since 1996.


Customer Reviews

Easy to install, works great.
DonMega
I don't know, unless I'm missing something, I just can't see that this device will ultimately be worth the money it costs.
Luckyclucker
In the car it keeps my hard braking and speeding in check, better gas mileage and safer driving - win win.
Nik

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

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213 of 245 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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The manufacturer commented on this review(What's this?)
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!
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Beau Yarbrough VINE VOICE on June 9, 2014
Verified Purchase
My Automatic unit has been everything I'd hoped it would be -- simple to install, easy to use and understand and informative. I drive a ton for work, and now have an excellent bead on both how much gas I purchase a month, but also what gas mileage I get when making trips to certain regular destinations. The error code reporting hasn't been needed in the past month, but even minor perks like seeing where exactly my car is parked have been useful.

Fully satisfied and I've already recommended it numerous times to others.
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322 of 387 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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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:
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/how_does_the_app_know_what_my_check_engine_light_means
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/one_of_my_dashboard_lights_is_on_why_doesnt_automatic_recognize_it

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:
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/why_does_it_beep_sometimes_can_i_turn_it_off
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/what_is_the_high_speeds_threshold_and_how_do_i_enable_adjust_it

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.
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/how_does_multi_user_work
https://community.automatic.com/automatic/topics/can_two_people_use_the_same_link_in_one_car

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
30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Jacob House on October 24, 2014
Verified Purchase
My initial reason for buying this was that my dumb check engine light kept coming on and I would have to take it to the shop and have them read and clear it, and usually it was for something dumb. When I got this, it told me what the issue was (not just a code that I have to lookup) and how to fix it. I could also clear the engine light.

However, as I started to use it, it started saving me money on my driving. I have become a better driver because of it because I know something's watching me. Great to newer drivers in my opinion and also tells you how much you really spend on gas.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Robert on September 20, 2014
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There are other OBD2 reader's that give you more engine detail, but since this has IFTTT support and gives you easy acceleration and gas milage stats, I chose this. With IFTTT I used this to track how much shopping I do on a weekly basis and set it up to turn on my lights when my engine shuts off when I get home.
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34 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Shane on April 10, 2014
Verified Purchase
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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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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