This week I'm pleased to welcome back Automatic to MacSparky. Automatic is a device that plugs into your car's OBD-II port. (Just about every car made since 1996 has one.) The Automatic then has access to your vehicle's data and connects via BlueTooth to your iPhone.
In a lot of ways, the Automatic makes your dumb car a smart car. Last week I spent several days driving around for the day job and needed to keep track of my mileage. That is no problem with the Automatic. It knows where I start and where I finish and gives me extremely accurate data on my iPhone and on their website.
There is a lot more you can do with the Automatic including:
- Get extremely accurate data about fuel efficiency, trip distance, gas used, and other performance metrics.
- Get notifications when your car's fuel level is getting low.
- Get explanations of any alarms or other events your car reports. No longer do you need to visit a mechanic when you get a cryptic light on your dashboard.
- Detect when the vehicle has been in a significant accident and call you, your loved ones, and emergency support.
- Get driving feedback when you are accelerating too fast, braking too hard, and otherwise doing silly things behind the wheel.
Automatic truly lets you geek out your ride. I purchased Automatic not only for my own car, but my wife and daughter's cars as well so if they are in an accident, I know about it immediately.
There is no subscription fee. Once you buy your Automatic, you're good to go. Moreover, they are giving 20% off to MacSparky readers. Use this link and the usual price of $100 drops to $80. I use my Automatic every time I step in my car. I bet you would too.