Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant

Automatic: Your Smart Driving Assistant

$99.95

3.5 out of 5 stars

Based on 43 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.: 850018005005

    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

    233 of 255 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

    166 of 191 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

    149 of 169 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Perfect example of iPhone's power
  • Unreliable! A huge disappointment. But I gave it a try.

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from Norwood
    Was this useful? Unreliable! A huge disappointment. But I gave it a try.
  • Great device, lots of potential!

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    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 from West Des Moines

    3 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Great device, lots of potential!
  • Interesting idea, not quite there

    2.0 out of 5 stars

    What it does well:
    The app is easy to set up and link to the device. Once in, you have a basic dashboard view of your trips and What it does well:
    The app is easy to set up and link to the device. Once in, you have a basic dashboard view of your trips and your score. It gives you a guestimate of the price of the gas you've used based on average price to purchase at the pump determined from a proprietary source they don't disclose.

    Room for improvement:

    There is zero transparency on what the device does. Once you start driving for the first time, you lose the instructions for how to use the app. There is no link in the app for the privacy policy on how your data is used. The app will update the firmware in the device, but it will stop working and recording data while this is happening. There's no notification that the device will stop recording nor any way to force an update.

    Once the information is in the app, there's nothing you can do with it. You can't adjust the price of the gas based on what you actually paid, especially useful if you use a card like Texaco/Chevron which adjusts the price of the gas if you pay cash or credit. You can't dump the data out, and you can't access it from a website. You can add names to destinations (work, home, etc), but you can't do anything beyond that.

    The audio notifications are... interesting. The device beeps when it detects behavior that should be corrected like speeding, jackrabbit starts, and hard braking. However, every instance of hard braking I had was an emergency situation with cars jumping out in front of me. Nothing's better than an emergency with a klaxon going off at you.

    Finally, because the app is constantly using location services, I found you better have your phone plugged in to the 12v port in your car, or you'll have a dead battery on arrival.

    Summary:
    Mildly useful way to teach you how to drive better, not very useful for data junkies.

    • Written by from Cupertino

    3 of 7 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Interesting idea, not quite there

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