|Item Weight||2.4 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||5 x 4.5 x 1.1 inches|
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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.
From the manufacturer
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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I have spoken with Automatic about the connection issues I have experienced and they say that the problem is with my phone and not their product. Their solution is for me to take my phone and try, "turning it off and back on again." I don't know about anyone else, but I don't have the time to be restarting my phone every time I get in a car. I'd love to give this product 5 stars but it doesn't work well. The only reason I haven't returned it is because I'm hoping that if I am ever in an accident that the Automatic will actually be connected to my phone and someone will call 911 and my loved ones on my behalf letting them know I was in an accident.
I have to change drop my review down to a 1 star review now. While out driving today, a 100 mile trip on local roads was reported as a 42 mile trip on the interstate. It looks like what my Automatic did when it processed the trip is just got directions from Point A to Point B instead of actually following where I went. I'm not sure if the new 2nd Gen Automatic would fix my problems, but for the amount of money I've lost on the first two, buying a new one to see if it actually works isn't worth it for me.
Setup : Connected it to a 5 year old Honda CRV. Connected via bluetooth to an iPhone 6 plus. Initially the app was not able to connect to the device. Read the help on the Automatic site and had to reboot the phone once. After that the App and Device were able to connect.
Usage : in a day I start the car about 4 times to drive around to various locations. The Automatic device will connect to the phone once you turn on the ignition. Sadly, the Automatic app will fail to connect to the Device at least once in those 4 times. Stopping and starting the car, or restarting the app doesn't help - this isn't a workable solution anyway, since using the thing should be unobtrusive - I shouldn't be having to spend 5 minutes everyday once every 4 trips trying to get this to work.
When it does work, it tracks your speed, hard accels and hard brakes as well as your location (provided your phone has connectivity) very well. At the end of the trip the app shows a summary of distance travelled, MPG, and the estimated gas spent in $. While driving, the device beeps (making Pacman like sounds) when a hard brake or hard acceleration is detected.
Data interconnections : Through IFTTT, it was simple to connect it to Google Drive to log my trips and to Numerous to display distance travelled. Again those numbers are slight skewed since as I mentioned above, for some trips, the App and the Device don't connect and the data isn't gathered.
Final thoughts : I think this product has some ways to go in terms of ease of usage - the bluetooth connection needs to work seamlessly. The Pebble smartwatch used to have the same bluetooth connection issues, but Pebble resolved it. I have hope that the engineering team behind Automatic can do the same, eventually.
Also if they could add a few more metrics from the OBD or a real time view of OBD data, it would be awesome. Right now it feels limited in what is shown.
Would I return it? No. I think the issues can be fixed.
Would I recommend others to buy it? Depends. If you are an early adopter, then buy it. But if you're looking for something which just works, I would hold off for a few months while the issues are resolved and more features are added.
First thing when I got this in the mail, I downloaded the app. While trying to create an account, I was locked out of the website. Turns out they were doing "site maintenance." No big deal, just wait and try again. A few hours later, I got it working so I went to fire this thing up. Right off the bat I noticed this thing was a little finnicky regarding how you plug it in. I kept having issues connecting with the link, even though it was firmly inserted. And when it DID connect, it wouldn't detect my ignition. It took me 20 minutes just to get this thing connected to the app. But oh well, that's over now. Time to play...
First thing I noticed was that I couldn't find the SIRI through Sync setting. Anywhere. Even though I was certain that just the day or two before automatic's website claimed that my truck was compatible. Well after an hour or two of scrounging the message boards, I found my problem. On the website, it clearly states only 2011+ Ford trucks work with this thing. HOW COULD I MISS THIS???
Wait a second, didn't earlier today they say their site was down for maintenance? Just YESTERDAY, the site claimed my truck would work with this feature, but today they post a new link saying it won't. On top of that, the site that confirmed my truck would work with the fuel sensor was a lie too.
All the app does is show me where I've been and my MPG. The "hard accel" feature isn't worth anything either. My truck has a 5.4 with plenty of kick, but even when I go pedal to the metal from 0-60, it doesn't register it as a hard accel... And even then I still had a driver rating of 97, after riding around like a mad man and getting 14MPG. This app also shows me how much every trip cost me, which I'm not a fan. I don't want to think about the fact that I just spent $10 in gas just to get to work and back. Unless you drive like a maniac 24/7, this thing will not help you get better mileage. It will not tell you cool information about your car or it's performance.
Long story short, this thing is great for parents with teens and want to keep track for them. Or people who have a very specific year and model car to use the siri through sync. Or if you want to use it for IFTTT. Other than that, leave this thing where it belongs: in the R&D room.