• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Half Baked

    • Written by from Warsaw

    I like the idea but the implementation hasn't been done well. Even when opening the app before every drive, the link and app don't always synchronize. This leaves trips partially recorded or sometimes completely missed.

    One glaring omission is the lack of ability to view real-time data from the OBD-II bus. This seems a rather simple feature to tack on.

    12 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good hardware, poor application

    • Written by from Saratoga

    Hardware is well-built and has a very nice design. However, it works only with one application, and this application has very limited features: no real-time data display; no data export; shows very limited data; works only when connected to Automatic servers. Features are very poorly implemented. At best, the whole solution is early beta; at worst, vaporware.

    The overall product functions very differently from what I imagined when I bought it. I wish I checked Automatic application reviews and support forums at automatic.com before buying this product.

    9 of 25 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 8 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 19 people found this useful