This week I'm pleased to welcome a new sponsor to MacSparky, Automatic. 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. It gives you tons of data and new and geeky ways to interact with your car. Just a few of the things you can do with Automatic are:
- 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. One of my frequent uses is to keep track of mileage for my work. When I finish any trip in my car, Automatic gives me a notification to mark the trip as work-related. (The notification even displays on my Apple Watch.) If I tap the button, Automatic flags the trip and I can view it through the free Automatic App or on the web. I liked it so much that I bought two more for my wife and daughter's cars 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.