Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant

$99.95

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 47 reviews

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Product Information

  • Overview

    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.

    Trip timeline

    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.

    Crash Alert

    If you're ever in a severe crash, Automatic can detect it and electronically notify local authorities—in case you can’t.*

    Car Compatibility

    Automatic works in most cars manufactured since 1996. Go here to check the compatibility of your car.

  • Highlights

    • 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 For

    Driver 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
  • Tech Specs

    • Other Features: Bluetooth
  • Manufacturer Information

    Part Number

    • Mfr. Part Number: PN: AUT-LINK1-N
    • UPC or EAN No.: 850018005012

    Warranty

    • 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.

    Manufacturer Note

    • *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.

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Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (3.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Almost There

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Cookeville

    240 of 262 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Almost There
  • Great idea, with room for improvements

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from RICHMOND

    175 of 200 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great idea, with room for improvements
  • Perfect example of iPhone's power

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Matthews

    155 of 175 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Perfect example of iPhone's power
  • Great product and works great with my vehicle!

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    To help you get a picture on how I use Automatic, here's a little about what I use and drive.
    I drive a 1999 Honda CR-V LX with To help you get a picture on how I use Automatic, here's a little about what I use and drive.
    I drive a 1999 Honda CR-V LX with 2WD and I use Automatic with my iPhone 5s (A1533).
    I have been using Automatic for roughly 6 months now and I have seen a tremendous drop in the number of fill-ups I have to make and it is a great way of keeping track of your driving records. With the Automatic app, you're able to see where you have gone (using your phone's GPS signal), an estimate as to how much gas you use, and engine code reader is unmatched! Many of the OBD-2 readers out there require you to subscribe to their services to be able to decode what is exactly wrong with your stubborn check engine light. It's about my time to service my catalytic converter on the CR-V and it gives a clear and concise display with the engine code, what the code description is, and a little tidbit of information as to how it affects your vehicle and, potentially, your MPGs.
    It's a great product! With these times of finding corners to cut from our monthly budgets, Automatic has really saved me an extra 3-5 extra MPGs during my weekly trips and roughly an extra hundred dollars on gas! I highly recommend Automatic!

    • Written by from Evans
    Was this useful? Great product and works great with my vehicle!
  • Good Idea, very bad implementation.

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product would be good if it actually worked. If you buy this you will be very frustrated with trying to get it to connect wit This product would be good if it actually worked. If you buy this you will be very frustrated with trying to get it to connect with your phone. Even their web site acknowledges the problems (which they blame on Apple). You will need to constantly restart the app, toggle Bluetooth on & off, re-plug in the device and restart you phone. Its just not worth the effort.

    • Written by from MERRIMACK

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Good Idea, very bad implementation.
  • It's Not "Automatic"

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I often have to unplug the unit from the car data port to restore connectivity. They should pay me to be a beta tester!

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? It's Not "Automatic"

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