Automatic Pro - Live Vehicle Tracking with Diagnostics - Gold

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The Automatic gives you unlimited real time car monitoring with zero fees using 3G connectivity. Know your family is safer with Automatic Pro crash detection and 24/7 responders that will send emergency services. Experience your car connected to your digital home devices like Nest, Hue Lights and Amazon Echo.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Automatic Pro Car Adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
95% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (176 out of 187)

Features


Crash Alert

The trained responders are ready 24/7 to send emergency services and notify your loved ones when a serious accident is detected.

Check Engine Light Diagnostics

With the Automatic Pro app you can find out what is wrong and save yourself a trip to the mechanic.

Keep track of your car and loved ones

Know your family and car is safe with Pro's free real-time car tracking. Great for monitoring teens and aging parents. Also helps you find your car in a crowded parking lot.

Driving apps for every driver

Connect your car to a world of apps with IFTTT or many other integrated apps available with Automatic.

Track your miles

Automatic helps you keep track of your miles for work and taxes with expensing apps or use IFTTT to log them directly into a Google Sheet.

Compatible with most vehicles made for use in the US since 1996

Car adapter easily installs in your OBDII port and connects to our free app via your smartphone.

Your car connected

With Automatic, Echo can tell you where you parked your car or how many miles you drove. Automatically turn your on Hue lights, set your Nest thermostat to away when you leave home and more.


Customer rating

4.5
95%
would recommend to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • The 3G coverage isn't perfect, (where I live it's about 97% ) but when dealing with a rebellious teenager the adapter can be inconspicuously installed in the ODB port and configured to silence notifications to quietly monitor their activities without disrupting their driving experience - and it works with Amazon Echo and IFTTT.ThomasC
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Somewhat easy setup. Love the features!

    Posted
    Samrio
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    This is an excellent purchase for anyone that would like to integrate their vehicle with their smart home. Using IFTTT is a great value add that allows me the ability to control lights, my Nest thermostat, track mileage for work, understand fuel economy, and even track my vehicle location from anywhere. The setup was fairly simple, but took a bit of extra effort to setup. I have two newer vehicles, and neither of them setup properly on the first try. The app walks you through setup, where you type in the PIN that's located on the Automatic (make sure to write it down before setup). I had to unplug it several times, finally getting it to properly setup with my car on (after I heard the audible beep after plug in). The update process was a bit of a pin also, due to the fact that it has to reboot the device. This led to me getting a connection error during setup. I almost wish the update would happen after the full setup was complete vs during the middle of it. However, once I was past that the device immediately started tracking and syncing. There are a few pro's to this device: 1. Free 3G subscription for tracking for 5 years (from date of activation). This means you don't have to worry about paying a monthly or annual fee to take advantage of all the features. 2. This afforded me a discount on my car insurance for both vehicles that had it installed, since I was now capable of tracking them. Your results may vary, depending on your insurance provider. However, it's worth a look. Depending on the discount, the device might pay for itself. 3. The ease of tracking the vehicles location in near real time (depends on the data connection). It's neat seeing your car moving along on a map when using the Automatic App. Plus, you get notifications of where you parked, when your car is started (great anti theft notification), and any time the vehicle is has a check engine light. 4. IFTTT: I can't express this enough. I love the fact that you can create so many different integrations with IFTTT and Automatic Pro. I use it to track mileage on a Google Sheet for every trip, and to note any engine lights that may come on. Plus, I'm now using it to pre-cool my home prior to driving off from work. The only con's have to do with the setup flow not being perfect (your results may vary) and the app not having a logical way to add a fill up to track fuel use. Other than that, it's a a great add on to anyone's vehicle without expensive fee's or complicated installation for tracking. I loved this so much, I just bought another one as a gift for my family. In summary: Great features, ability to track vehicle with app (from anywhere), built in cellular, no monthly service fee's, ability to connect to Smart Home using integrations or "Car Apps", and somewhat easy installation. Plus, I recommend calling your insurance provider to see if you get a discount on your auto insurance since it offers vehicle tracking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent for Diagnostics and Tracking

    Posted
    Blindman721
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    My old car kept having the check engine light turn on so instead of taking it to the shop every time, I decided to try this adapter out. Here are some of the highlights, pros, and cons I've noticed in the month I've been using it. - Set up was very simple. I just plugged it in and the app ran me through how to set it up. I had it up and running withing 10 minutes. - GPS tracking works pretty well, though it's always a couple block behind where I am, which is to be expected with lag. This is really useful when my wife comes to pick me up since I can look at my app and see how close she is. I'd imagine it would be a good parenting device too so one could track their kids. That said, I still haven't decided how I feel about a company tracking me everywhere I go, but I guess Apple and Google already do that anyways. - The parking feature does a good job at locating your car, but it can be off a little bit. This would make it harder to find in a sea of cars (such as a sports event). I think parking garages also confuse it. - The app displays a map of your trip, the distance, duration, fuel efficiency, and cost. You can also see all your trips for the day combined into one map and statistic. There's a button you push and it can log it as a business trip for reimbursements. - The diagnostic feature works great and provides a lot of information on the problem. I just wish it could tell you more than just the check engine light like other OBD II readers. It'd be helpful to see things such as the O2 sensors or temperature. - At the end of the week, it'll give you a summary on all your driving. It's helpful in determining how much gas you use. - At the end of the month, it'll give you a driving style summary. Basically, how you compare to other drivers when driving in the city or the highway and your braking and acceleration style. - At the moment, there can only be one driver profile per device, which means the driving style summary doesn't differentiate between my wife and I. - I get instant notifications (under 10 seconds) every time I turn my car on or off. - I set up a geofence for my car using IFTTT. As soon as I crossed it, I got an notification. - I've only had it not work twice, but it was working again pretty quickly. I'd imagine it was due to some 3G connectivity issue. Overall, I would highly recommend this car adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Upgraded from original Automatic v1

    Posted
    Kaizen61
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    I really didn't have a choice as many of the things tracked via their API like events and fuel levels would no longer work for the v1. To be clear they worked, but Automatic stopped supporting them through their API. This meant no fuel levels or info from Alexa or Google Home and no API support for my home automation software. Pluses - it's nice that it has its own cell radio so I'm not using the phone data and the software works well. Integration with Alexa/GHome works well and the locations are more precise. Negative - Features still haven't carried over that were available on the v1 and the newer 'Classic'; two of the most important were the audible warnings on hard breaking/acceleration and speed limit. These were useful and really helped me change my driving habits, resulting in much better fuel economy. Can't understand why an upgraded model would be missing features from the cheaper and original models. They say some of those things will come, but the Pro has been out for a long time now and they are still missing. If it's important to you, be aware of this. Overall though, I am pleased and would recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very happy with this unit’s performance...

    Posted
    KRex
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    Two months in and I can comfortably say that I am very happy with my Automatic Pro Car Adapter. It was purchased so that I could keep track of business trips/mileage for tax purposes and so far it has been working out very well. The unlimited 3G real time connection with no fees is also a HUGE plus and is one of the main reasons I purchased this particular unit. Being able to track my vehicle in real time via the downloadable app on my cellphone comes in handy and also gives me a little more peace of mind. The easy-to-use app is straight forward and also includes various car diagnostics and a 24/7 crash alert. Installation is as simple plugging the adapter into your vehicles OBDII port then syncing it with the app on your phone. Being able to customize or personalize the phone app is the only recommendation that I can think of but I am still very happy with how this unit has been performing. I plan on purchasing another unit for a second car and would feel very comfortable recommending this product to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to communicate

    Posted
    DanOSterling
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    I had the previous version of this device, and really like how it helps you to be a better driver. It provides you statistics on where you go, what your gas mileage is, and informs you of "bad habits". These include time spent over 70 mph, hard stops, heart starts, and hard cornering. At the end of each week it grades you on how well you did. This version takes it up a notch by no longer requiring the app to run in the background on your phone. The main advantage is you can track your vehicle if someone else (i.e. children) is using it. This provides a great communication tool so everyone in the family can know when folks are on the way home, stuck in traffic, or still at work. The entire time I use this device, there have been no monthly fees. It's easy to bring with you and put in a rental car so you can have the same conveniences wherever you travel.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Lots of features and services for the price

    Posted
    tobias
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    I got this because my car had codes I wanted to decode. Unfortunately, the set up process wiped the codes so it didn't help me right then. But, I expected more than a code reader and I got that. I will get new codes now. Also, I like the trip tracking. I have this in my wife's car. I can know where she is or when she will be home at any time. I even linked with IFTTT so I get a notification when she leaves work each day. Another feature I wasn't expecting but enjoy is a map of nearby gas stations and their rates. So handy. What makes this worth the cost is the five years of FREE cell data for the device. I'm not sure what the cost is after 5 years, but even if I have to buy a new one every 5 years, still worth it. Much better than relying on a link to your cell phone. That way I can track my car in real time no matter who is driving, or if it was stolen. With the bevy of features and third party integration ( I have asked Amazon Alexa where my car is a few times), well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Says it’s compatible, but it’s not

    Posted
    pjlipeika
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    I was thrilled to get this, finally decided I would get it for my new Mercedes. I wanted to track my mpg cause it’s a diesel. My reported mpg was 10mpg off. Odd... car says I’m getting 37mpg, automatic says I’m getting 27. So I emailed the company asking “what’s up with the incorrect data?” They said my vehicle does not provide the raw data needed to establish accurate figures. What the heck, their website said it was fully compatible. The offered me a refund if I bought it directly from them, otherwise tough luck. Not a happy customer. I even tried asking if it could be calibrated from an update, to no avail. Now I won’t trust what they say for any other vehicles. It’s a shame cause it’s a nice product, if it was accurate. I figured I’d keep it at this point just for the crash alert (don’t know if that is compatible with my car either), because Mbrace crash alert is $280/yr.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Useful and informative

    Posted
    ThomasC
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    I bought my first Automatic adapter to use for work, to track my drive time, stops and time onsite, I quickly realized how useful it was and put one in my car, then my sons car. It tells you how many miles you've driven on any given day, how long you were driving, it provides detailed reports and insights into driving habits like if a family member likes to speed! More importantly for me it adds extra piece of mind, it includes a free crash notification service that will call three different numbers if something happens and it tells you exactly how to get to them with accurate maps. The 3G coverage isn't perfect, (where I live it's about 97% ) but when dealing with a rebellious teenager the adapter can be inconspicuously installed in the ODB port and configured to silence notifications to quietly monitor their activities without disrupting their driving experience - and it works with Amazon Echo and IFTTT. I love it.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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