• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a bit more work

    • Written by from Bemidji

    I hooked it up to my truck and at first seemed to work fine, but then right away it has trouble connecting to my bluetooth. It sometimes works and then most of the time I have to monkey around with it if I want to record a driving session. I also think it doesn't work well with cold weather so if you live in the North, it will have trouble connecting to the blue tooth. Great concept, needs more testing to iron out the kinks. I am hoping during the warmer weather I see some improvement.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great concept, poor execution

    • Written by from Seattle

    This is a great product...when it works. I've had it for a few months and it records about half of the trips I take. I've contacted customer support many times, but their troubleshooting has not improved the success rate. The software and perhaps the hardware needs some major reworking before the product can live up it's potential. I use an iPhone 5S on a reliable network in a major city.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I really wanted to love this product. It greatly disappoints me that it is sold on the apple store, as it does not meet the minimum experience standards someone would expect of an apple product.

    I didn't buy this product to log half my trips, or a portion of my trips. I didn't expect I would have to open the app each time I get in the car to make sure it connected with the device. I didn't expect I would need to have internet access every time I turn the car off to save a trip.

    The lack of documentation would be fine if it just worked, but it took a lot of digging just to understand why it didn't work most of the time.

    I severely hope you do not have to use the 'forgot my password' experience. I have not experience such a bad UX in many years.

    Seriously disappointing app.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Novelty, but nothing great

    • Written by from Brandon

    Full bars with LTE service and it still tells you to connect to wifi for better connection. Not many people have wifi in their vehicle. it does ok, it tells you how far you have gone and basically if you hit the gas too much or brake too hard, but the gas consumption wasn't correct.Neither was gas price. Tells you that you have spent $30 on this trip, yeah right. ALSO, if you have a GM vehicle, you better unplug this thing at the time on star does its weekly diagnostic check. My new silverado sends a message to me and my dealer about the truck every month for service reasons and diagnostics, and if this is plugged in, it says there is a device plugged in and will not send it. It doesn't look good for warranty purposes if something does happen to go wrong!

    0 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly Useful for the Commuter

    • Written by from Brielle

    After getting charged by the dealer $109 to diagnose a software error after my check engine light went on, I went out and grabbed this primarily to avoid another wasted trip to the dealer.

    While the check engine light hasn't come on since, the Automatic has proven useful in other ways, most notably by providing insights into my driving experience. For those of us with long commutes, it's been interesting to see which routes result in the most hard brakes / quick accelerations or waste the most gas. After a couple weeks of testing alternate commutes at different times, I found that I could be saving almost 20 minutes and $2 in gas per day on my preferred route vs. an alternative. I haven't used the parking feature yet nor the crash notification feature (nor do I ever want to!).

    I've read other reviews where Automatic has communication issues with the iOS app but I have yet to experience that on my end. The app overall is intuitive and seems to have an active developer team & vocal community behind it, both I'd guess are good signs for features to come.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Future of the connected car is here

    • Written by from Oroville

    Automatic might not do everything you'd fancy it to do (for now), but what they promised on the box works magically great.

    Get it for yourself and make it a gift for the loved ones.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, useful app

    • Written by from Oakland

    We car pool with two other families, and Automatic has been helpful to keep track of the miles/days I have driven over the last several months. It has even helped my husband find our car when he couldn't remember where he parked it! It also helps me keep track of gas mileage. Love it!

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Insight into driving habits and patterns

    • Written by from Dover

    Automatic is a great piece of hardware and software that connects seamlessly to your car and gives you feedback on your driving habits. It's a no hassle integration, in that it simply works in the background and allows you to review at your leisure.

    While I haven't put much value in the weekly grades that are given, it's great to review trips, view my cost, view my average miles per gallon, and view the time spent on the trips.

    You receive grades based on 1) speeding (70+ mph), 2) hard acceleration, and 3) hard braking. I found grading on this criteria is a little tough. I often times drive on highways where the speed limit is 70+ mph, so I muted the audible alert from the device in this scenario. Also, I drive a manual and have found the hard acceleration to be pretty touchy when going from 1st to 2nd gear. I am sure their grading algorithms will evolve, but for now I don't use them as much.

    Overall I love the product and the experience. The interface on the phone is beautiful, and with their recently released API I have full access to all of my data for offline processing.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finds my car, tracks mpg, & helps me remember trips

    • Written by from Oakland

    I am a little embarrassed to admit this, but more than once I have used Automatic to find my car in a parking lot. Automatic is also useful for telling me mpg (miles per gallon), cost and distance per trip. Growing up my mother and father painstakingly recorded information with pencil and paper so they could track mpg, and it is a guilty pleasure to have this detailed information without having to work at it. It also a bonus to see where I was weeks ago -- it is like having a personal driving journal. I haven't had any problems with the Bluetooth connection like some others have reported.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Release! Looking forward to updates!

    • Written by from North Aurora

    Automatic did a great job releasing this product! Very easy install! I can't wait to see where this product will be by next year! Everything about this product is a positive. Especially if you travel with a personal car and need to track your milage.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great customer support... Inconsistent product

    • Written by from Centereach

    My device connected to my car just fine and the phone read it. I kept getting the error "invalid 6-digit pin" when I clearly typed it correctly. Customer support was great but could not fix the issue. I noticed a few others had the same issue. This is a great idea but I'd wait to buy one until the developers gets it right and puts out consistently operational hardware.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Automatic ODBII blue tooth

    • Written by from Manteca

    Works nice but had to reset the BT connection a couple of times. What makes it a "not for me" is it recognized my 2002 Dakota but not the 2 codes. It didn't know what they were- referred me to a mechanic. It did reset the check engine light. The show stopper is it doesn't SAVE multiple cars, you have to reprogram it every time it is used in another car. I am returning it to Apple store where I got it.

    1 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does nothing important

    • Written by from Mckees Rocks

    I had the automatic for 2 days. A drive from Pittsburgh to North Carolina. It was n a 2011 Dodge Charger R/T. At no point does the automatic give you any information that your dash cluster doesn't. Average mpg, miles traveled, distance and cost. There are free apps for that and most dash clusters do that as well. It missed the drive when it dumped from WV to NC so it was useless.

    The only way the Automatic would be worth anything would be if it monitored engine parameters. Oil pressure, trans heat, fuel/air ratio, etc.

    Everything that the automatic does, so does your dash cluster in most cars. DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Telling my repair shop what I need done when the check light go's on

    • Written by from Lake wales

    Telling my repair shop what I need done when the check light go's on..

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Hardware and App

    • Written by from Lakewood

    Automatic works great. Installation is real easy. The core features works as advertised.
    Support team and their Community are fantastic; I find out that more future features will be added down the road. I love my Automatic.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Idea, Great Execution

    • Written by from Mount Holly

    I've been very pleased with how well this product was implemented. It's very reliable and the feature set is good.... and continues to get better. I am looking for more complex data analytics later on.... but for now it does a great job with the features listed. I bought the product when it was in beta and have seen how hard this company has worked to deliver a superior product to make your car a little bit smarter. Five stars -keep up the good work Automatic. This is a no brainer app accessory in my mind -definitely the most useful app accessory I've bought this year.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product Can't Wait for More

    • Written by from SEA CLIFF

    This is a terrific product. I hope that as time progresses the developers add-in the opportunity to really pull info from the vehicle's computer. Would love to see metrics on my car's health, not just what code it's throwing when the check engine light comes on.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    fantastic tool for better mpg and more civilized driving

    • Written by from SAN DIEGO

    Typical OBD-II readers cost anywhere from $30 to over $100 with built in plain-english codes for a given error. Automatic promised to provide this information along with the ability to reset those codes; a feature typically associated with the more expensive lot, so I ordered one. Other functions of the Automatic included locating your car when you've lost it, calling 911 in the event of an airbag deploy automatically, and providing a read out and 'score' of your trip based on a few metrics focused on fuel economy.

    That last part is the feature which stands to help reshape our automotive landscape in ways I didn't originally anticipate when making my purchase. Prior to owning the Automatic I wasn't entirely obsessed with hypermiling or fuel economy, I own a 300hp turbocharged track monster after all, and there in lies the beauty. Automatic assigns you a score with every completed trip which focuses on hard acceleration, braking, and exceeding the speed limit. They've determined those three behaviors are key to reshaping a person's overall fuel economy, and are the behaviors we may be the least aware of. When you do engage in that bad behavior the Automatic emits a specific beep for each of the three. A few of my friends had turned their's off but I was game to give this a try. A week later, the simple corrective action of a chirp combined with the naturally competitive desire to achieve a higher score saw me driving in the most calm, aware, and safe manner ever.

    As I continue to strive to achieve the ultimate trip score my fuel spent continues to decline and my MPG averages are at the manufacturer suggested numbers for in town and highway. Yet it's the actual behavior change that really shocked me. To eek out the best fuel economy, to avoid hard stops and starts during rush hour, you absolutely need to focus on the task at hand, at driving. In a world where drivers are increasingly focused on status updates and annoyed at the task of piloting their cars, something as simple as making them aware of their habits, how they can reduce the money spent on gas, and overall behavior can make a big - voluntary change. If you're competitive and also looking to save some cash, grab an Automatic, you won't regret it.

    32 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device lacks accuracy, product support is superficial

    • Written by from Chandler

    Automatic is a good idea, not realized in current product and software. Find device fails to connect to my iPhone resulting is missed data, and mpg is grossly in error based on fuel consumed per files traveled.

    Limited ability to contact Automatic. Their web site is disjointed at best and nothing more than advertisement for the product. Did receive a response to mpg problem that stated a software upgrade was in progress that resolves problem. Not true... nothing has changed. mpg continues to be less then half of actual calculated value.

    Would suggest one hold off on purchasing Automatic at this time. $100 is to much to spend on a product that provides misinformation and does not always connect.

    14 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Did NSA Design this Device?

    • Written by from SAGINAW

    This device plugs into the ODB port of your car and transmits information to the iOS app on your device. The information includes the length of the trip you made on your car, what was your car mileage, how much fuel did you use, how many hard accelerations did you do, how many hard breaks did you make, and how many times did you exceed 70 mph on the expressway. If any of the diagnostic lights come on your dashboard, for example the engine light, then it tells you what's wrong with the car. In the event of a crash, the App calls the local law enforcement authorities and your three emergency contacts.

    It supposedly turns you into a better driver by giving you the feedback on your acceleration, braking, and speed. Every trip, you get a score of your driving. Every trip you make is recorded with all this information. You cannot access your information on the web, only on the App.

    There were some installation glitches. I had to do the connection between App and the device 3 times because it froze at this stage stating "encrypting connection". Then it failed to detect the ignition until I started driving the car. As of now, there is no Android app, only iOS app.

    I am not entirely sure how much useful this device is. Some of the information I'm already getting from my car like mileage.

    My biggest concern about this device and the app is the privacy. In order to set up the device, you have to set up an account with your email address, and name. So anybody who has an access to that account, can know where you have been, what speed have you been driving, and what kind of a driver you are. If I were NSA, and I wanted to find out where everybody's car is at any time and where they had been, this is the device I would use.

    4 of 16 people found this useful