Integrating the Automatic Link connector, the Automatic app, and your iPhone GPS and data plan, Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant wirelessly transmits information from your car's onboard computer to your iPhone—helping to save gas and keep you aware of any engine problems. Just plug the Automatic Link accessory into your car's standard data port (OBD-II port available on all cars since 1996) and your car and iPhone will automatically connect via Bluetooth whenever you drive.
Drive smarter, save big
Learn how to make small changes in your driving habits that can lead to huge savings on gas over time. Automatic observes your driving style and gives you subtle audio cues when you do things that waste gas like hard braking, rapid accelerating, and speeding over 70 miles per hour.
Automatic tracks every trip you take, showing distance and miles per gallon—even for older cars that don't have a fuel-efficiency display.
Keep your engine healthy
With Automatic Link connected to your car's onboard computer, you can find out exactly what's wrong when that little "check engine" alert lights up.
Never forget where you parked
Automatic always remembers where you parked, so you don't have to.
If you're ever in a severe crash, Automatic can detect it and electronically notify local authorities—in case you can’t.*
Automatic works in most cars manufactured since 1996. Go here to check the compatibility of your car.
- Automatically connect to your car with your iPhone whenever you drive
- See every trip you take in a timeline and learn about your driving habits
- Driving tips help you save hundreds on gas every year
- Find out exactly what your car's "check engine" light means
- Tell your iPhone where your car is parked after every trip
- Share your car's parked location with friends and family
- Free Automatic app for your iPhone
- In a severe crash, can contact emergency services with your location
Did you notice?Plugs into the standard data port in your car and transmits information wirelessly to your iPhone.
Apple Recommends ForDriver smarter, save gas, and better understand your car's functioning with Automatic Link and the app on your iPhone.
What's in the Box?
- Automatic "Link" accessory
- Automatic sticker
- Quick start guide
- Other Features: Bluetooth
- Mfr. Part Number: PN: AUT-LINK1-N
- UPC or EAN No.: 850018005005
- Note: Products sold through this website that do not bear the Apple Brand name are serviced and supported exclusively by their manufacturers in accordance with terms and conditions packaged with the products. Apple's Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Please contact the manufacturer directly for technical support and customer service.
- *Crash Alert only works in the U.S. 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 or iPhone 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.
► Requires the Automatic Link accessory, which plugs into your car's data port. $99.95
Automatic is your Smart Driving Assistant. It wirelessly connects your car and your iPhone using Bluetooth® Low Energy.
With Automatic, you can:
• Learn fuel-saving driving habits to save big on gas.
• Know what that check engine light means and clear it with a tap.
• Track your car's fuel level and set custom low-fuel warnings (not available in all cars)
• Always remember where you parked.
• Get emergency assistance in a serious crash
Works with iPhone 4s, 5, 5s, and 5c in gasoline/hybrid cars sold in the U.S. since 1996. For a complete list of supported cars visit automatic.com/cars
Disclaimer: Automatic uses GPS to map the route of your trips. It's used sparingly, but continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. …
Ratings & Reviews
I think this is a great product....when it works. The problem I keep having is the Link and the App do not sync unless I manually I think this is a great product....when it works. The problem I keep having is the Link and the App do not sync unless I manually go into the app after I stop my trip. I leave the app going in the background, and I can tell that the Link is working fine whenever I break too hard or speed up to quickly. I think after a few more updates, it will be a great product. …
- Written by Joshua S from Cookeville
233 of 255 people found this useful
Great idea, with room for improvements
This is a great idea and there is a lot of potential here however the product is not quite 'there' yet.
The install process for This is a great idea and there is a lot of potential here however the product is not quite 'there' yet.
The install process for me was a bit kludgy and I had to re-insert the device to my car OBD II port a few times before it could be recognized by the app. Then, it still would not work right until I restarted my iPhone. Further, in the app, there is supposed to be a crash report feature where you can set it up to notify someone of your choosing in case of an accident, however that feature is no where to be found within the app!
This app will read any fault codes output by your vehicle and tell you what is wrong. It will also let you turn off the 'check engine' light. I have not had any car trouble yet so I haven't had a chance to try this aspect of the device and app.
One feature that is very clearly missing from the app however is the ability to use it as a standard OBD II terminal for advanced programming of vehicle options. My Toyota Prius for example, allows one to program disabling of reverse beeping by entering in some coding when connected to the OBD II port using a text terminal. But, Automatic doesn't allow for this functionality.
I believe this platform has a lot of potential for improvement and am excited to see that they (and third party developers) are able to accomplish with it in the future. I would like display of more real time engine information like RPM, temperature, etc. As it is now, the app is basically meant to not display anything while you drive and only calculates a report for you after you turn off the car.
And because of the fact that my car already gives me most all of the MPG and driving feedback built-in, this add on is not as useful to me than it would be to someone who has a car that doesn't already have these features built-in. …
- Written by Tristan T from RICHMOND
169 of 194 people found this useful
Perfect example of iPhone's power
This app has allowed me to track and budget for gas, as well as be more aware of how I'm driving. I love the beeps when I accelera This app has allowed me to track and budget for gas, as well as be more aware of how I'm driving. I love the beeps when I accelerate too hard. I just bought a new car, and this product has helped me adjust to driving it. Pairing was a little difficult, but it's flawless now. …
- Written by Daniel S from Matthews
153 of 173 people found this useful
Fantastic... within reason
This device will certainly pay for itself. This will happen in two ways. First it will make you cognizant of the dollar value (a This device will certainly pay for itself. This will happen in two ways. First it will make you cognizant of the dollar value (at regular prices) of gasoline you spend driving to and fro. When you see the monetary value attached to your penchant for once daily jaunts to Target and the Mall, suddenly buying in bulk will have added value and you might actually walk instead of drive (health benefit too!). Second, should your check engine light come on, as mine did on my Mazda 3 last night, you will be able to possibly (grain of salt for the mechanically disinclined) fix the problem. In my case it was a loose fuel cap that caused a check engine light and a EVAP (emissions) error. Mazda dealerships in my area charge between $32.99 and $42.99 to do diagnostics, even under warranty mind you. This means that being able to remotely identify the problem, do research about it (all right from your phone on the side of the road), and reset the error without a visit to the dealership (my wallet cringes) is REALLY VALUABLE. Most modern cars will work with the device and I can say that I hope that eventually we won't actually need this device and auto manufacturers will actually include this technology in ALL cars. Until that day has come this device will keep you driving along happily. (I didn't mention the safety features but it makes me happy to know that my wife will be looked after if she is driving our car one day and - god forbid - something happens) …
- Written by Hunter R from Chapel Hill
Unreliable! A huge disappointment. But I gave it a try.
The tech is cool... when it works. The device seems temperamental at best and it's hard to determine whether this is a hardware The tech is cool... when it works. The device seems temperamental at best and it's hard to determine whether this is a hardware or software issue. A few observations:
- This device has a long "break in period" where it downloads updates and/or gathers initial data to work with your vehicle. It may not actually give you useful information for a week or so. Apparently this is stated deep within the website and user manual, but i didn't notice it before i purchased.
- Approximately 40% of my trips never ended up being recorded. I don't know if this was a bluetooth issue or what. It may have been that I was using the GPS to run Google Maps while the Automatic App was running. I was unable to get this resolved by tech support.
- The interface cute and creative... but is less than intuitive and doesn't give you the deep diagnostic insight that other devices & apps offer. It's not a dashboard enhancement device.
- It theoretically calculates gas price for any given trip, but does not allow you to input the price that you pay. It gathers this info online from nearby gas stations.... so i don't trust the data.
- The audio alerts come from the device, not your phone. because it's tucked underneath by my legs, i never heard it. Defeats the purpose. Also, alerts are not customizable.
- You cannot use for multiple vehicles without losing all the data. I understand they want to sell one device for each car you drive, but this seems unreasonable.
- Just plain disappointing. I returned it. …
- Written by frank A from Norwood
1 of 1 people found this useful
Great device, lots of potential!
Lets dive into this little car tweaking wonder. It's plug and play makes this a simple operation. I was up and running within 10mi Lets dive into this little car tweaking wonder. It's plug and play makes this a simple operation. I was up and running within 10min. The device correctly gathered my VIN and linked to the App. The App is fairly streamlined and is easily operated. As others have noticed and the description on the packaging, this little guy looks for three major driving habits. 1) driving speed 2) hard braking & 3) fast accelerating. They have not clear scope as to what their margins are (other than the under 70mph). I would be nice to have more flexibility with the settings, but this is supposed to save you fuel. If they've done the calculations correctly perhaps that isn't an issue, but as a tech guy, it's always nice to have options.
It would be nice to be able to have real time driving stats, but the app computes fairly fast after the trip has ended, not much of a problem for me, as it's one less thing to distract my driving. I would love to for this app to have a settings tab to identify if you're using your vehicle for work. It would be nice for the road warrior to know what he/she is driving for mpg, time. This would allow you to report more easily for taxes at the end of the year (all documented!)
My only gripe would be that I have two vehicles and would love to just unplug this one and swap it in and go. It seems that you lose all your data if you do this, instead you have to purchase a second unit. We shouldn't have to purchase a second unit, nor should we lose our data for which we have been accumulating. Would love to see an off app storage for data.
All in all I am really loving this concept and functionality of this neat car tool. Hopefully there will be much more to come in the coming year! …
- Written by Pam H from West Des Moines
3 of 3 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
What kind of problems can I expect if I try to use Automatic and the Waze app at the same time?
- Asked by Bruce G from Acton
- Sep 5, 2014
How much data will be used on an iPhone using maps and the automatic
- Asked by Gary B from Dodge City
- Jul 2, 2014
The Automatic app uses about 10-15Mb per month.
- Answered by Thomas W from San Francisco
- Jul 11, 2014
Can automatic work in other countries, like say West Africa as long as they have an Android or stable cell phone data connection?
- Asked by Akintunde A from Fort Lauderdale
- Nov 13, 2013
Automatic is not supported in countries outside the United States right now.
- Answered by Amy M from San Francisco
- Nov 22, 2013