I recently purchased an Automatic V2 connected car kit through Amazon for a great discount – $47. Automatic has two newer models, the Lite and the Pro, that are significantly more expensive and have features I don’t need (Pro: cellular connectivity, Lite: missing features). I’m very happy with my Automatic V2 and recommend it.
Included in the box is the Automatic connected car adaptor that plugs into the OBD-II port under the dash of most cars. Once installed, the adaptor pairs with an app on your iOS or Android smartphone via Bluetooth. Time, distance, fuel economy information and more are automatically sent to the smartphone app. Crash detection automatically generates a call from Automatic asking if everyone is alright and if emergency services should be contacted. An app gallery, IFTTT integration and Alexa allows extensibility.
- Easy to install and pair with the mobile (iOS or Android) via Bluetooth
- Automatic gathers data even if you don’t have your smartphone with you – data is transmitted to your phone the next time you use it
- Integration with Alexa and IFTTT – “Alexa, ask Automatic where my car is”
- Records miles per gallon for each trip as well as date, time and a map
- Active feedback on my driving style (heady acceleration, braking) via audible “beeps” from the adaptor
- Notification of check engine light codes and the ability to reset them. While I haven’t used this feature yet, I purchased a Autel MaxiScan MS300 CAN Diagnostic Scan Tool for OBDII Vehicles which has saved me two trips to the deals to reset a check engine light resulting from a loose gas cap.
- My cars (both Toyota) don’t support tracking of fuel levels (50% of cars do)
How it works
- Uses the OBD-II port on your collect information that is sent to your smartphone and the Automatic.com website for reporting and analysis.