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Automatic - fitbit for your car.

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You know what is pedometer, right? And you probably heard about fitbit. Automatic is a gadget, which is basically “fitbit” for your car. I bought mine Automatic 10 weeks ago. These 10 weeks actually was a good period to gather my feedback about this gadget and get answers on all questions I had when I bought it.

Good parts

Just plug it in OBDII port. This port is located above car pedals (at least this is where I found it in my car). Automatic says that every car sold since 1996 has this port. You can check that using their compatibility page.

After that you need to pair it with your phone. It uses phone to get location, upgrade firmware and of course to upload everything to your phone and their services. It uses Bluetooth, so you need pair it once and forget about it. Just make sure that your phone is always with you when you are driving.

This pretty common question. I could pair my phone with Automatic and Car Multimedia at the same time. Never had any problems. Can talk/play music and at the same time Automatic collects all the data.

Automatic Main Screen

You always can get access to the information where you been week ago, when and how you were driving. Also it gives you MPG and estimated price for the gas you spent in this trip

Automatic Travel Report

Recently Automatic also introduced web Dashboard, where you can see all your trips as well

Automatic Dashboard

Automatic Driving Events

Automatic says that these reports can help you to adjust how you drive and help you to save on gas.

Automatic Gas Settings

Bad parts

Do you need to buy one?

Yes, if you like gadgets and you can spend $80. Standard price is $99.95, but you can find some referral links which give you minus $20, and of course you can use mine referral link Order Automatic (shipping is free).

So far I see only one purpose of this device - see how much I spend on gas. And if I carpool with somebody - it just makes easy to split the price for the gas.

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