|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches|
|Item model number||Link1-ON|
|Manufacturer Part Number||Link1-ON|
Automatic Smart Driving Assistant
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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.
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Automatic Smart Driving Assistant
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.
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
Download and launch the Automatic app for iPhone or Android.
Plug the Automatic Link into your car’s diagnostic port, typically underneath the steering wheel. No tools required!
Follow instructions in the app to pair the Link with your phone.
Automatic is compatible with most gasoline cars made for the US since 1996.
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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.
*** Negative Points: ***
- Limited usefulness since most people already know that speeding, racing, and hard braking will not lead to more MPG
- Setup requires you to enter your VIN
- Does not work unless your iPhone is connected to the Automatic Link via Bluetooth
- Cannot connect a Bluetooth Headset if you are connected to the Automatic Link
- The Link does not remember your trips unless your phone is connected so if you forget to connect it will not log on your trip or give you feedback
- Requires phone data connection
- Does not work on Android devices
- Does not analyze all codes given by your car (like a Code scanner would). Instead it only tells basic Check Engine codes. I have an SRS light that is on and the Link does not even acknowledge that there is a problem.
- Car finder feature is not very useful and only provides very basic location.
Overall: In its current guise the product provides limited functionality to most drivers. In the future this could be an excellent product if it did not require a constant cell phone connection to function or if it had more stand alone features without relying on your cell phone and your data plan. Another potential future use could be to track where and how your teenagers are driving. So many possibilities for this device... unfortunately we will have to wait until version 2.0 to see if this become a more useful product.
This device gives you absolutely no information in any kind of real-time or sensor raw formats.
It merely shouts at you if it think you're driving inefficiently. That said, it doesn't have a clue about manual transmission cars.
(There is good in this product, I just didn't like it)
The bluetooth setup is incredibly easy. Possibly the best pairing system I've ever used.
The car recognition feature is also extremely well executed and smooth.
My grandmother could use this, with ease.
The packaging and presentation is stellar
It gives absolutely no "real" data, merely an analysis of how it thinks you could be doing it better.
No ability to either view or graph any numbers coming from the car, even after the fact.
I returned this product and purchased a much cheaper OBD2 Wifi Reader for iOS, which does what I need but the UI isn't nearly as good.
I have read the comments from the manufacturer about why they keep your personal driving information on their servers. It makes some sense but they should still provide an option to not send the data. I'm okay with losing my history data if I lose my phone. I'm also okay with not automatically sending data to them about problems I'm having. I'm willing to except a less perfect experience to avoid the chance of my personal information being hacked. True, it can still be hacked on my phone but a hacker is much more likely to attack a central database with thousands of people's information. Attacking a single phone for one person's data isn't worth their time.
If you think this isn't a big deal, you aren't thinking it through. Hacking this cloud-based database would tell someone what your patterns of travel are. When you aren't at home. Where you go and when you go there. In some cases it could also tell them where you are realtime. This information would be very desirable for robbers or stalkers. If your family members use this, their patterns would be hackable too.
Much of the functionality of this device could still be provided without sending any information about you and your driving habits to their servers. They are correct in saying that some aspects of the user experience would be impacted by this but they should give you a choice with an option that keeps your information only on your phone and doesn't send it to their servers.
Even if you assume everyone of their employees does everything they can to protect your information and not exploit it, the simple fact is that if your phone can access their database, then it is possible to hack the database. Yes, they have taken some steps to make hacking difficult but if hackers think the data is worth the challenge, they will try. Instead of being comforted by how hard it will be for them to do it, think about the potential consequences if they are successful. Hardly a week goes by without a headline about another company's information systems being hacked. A lot of those companies took reasonable precautions too. Still, they were hacked and people's personal information became public (or at least accessible to criminals).
I applaud this company for creating an innovative, interesting and useful device. I will be happy to buy one of these as soon as I have the option to prevent any of my trip information from being transmitted to the cloud. Until then, I will do without.
Most recent customer reviews
Customer support is lacking. No online chat and no phone support.