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Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

Ford and Automatic team up makes cars extra smart

With Ford SYNC, you’re able to interface with your vehicle through your steering wheel for calls, music, and directions. With Automatic, car owners are able to get vehicle diagnostics sent to their smartphone. Together, Ford and the team behind the Automatic device are creating a smarter system.

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Automatic now offers granular web-based car stats

Automatic now offers granular web-based car stats

Automatic users are no strangers to fawning over data. The plug-in dongle provides enough info about your driving habits to make you at least want to be a better driver, if not fully commit to being one. That info is about to get a lot more granular, though, as Automatic rolls out some new features meant to give you a better understanding of your functional driving habits.

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Automatic 2.0 tracks fuel tank: Warns when you’re on fumes

Automatic 2.0 tracks fuel tank: Warns when you’re on fumes

Automatic has pushed out a new app for iOS, with Automatic 2.0 bringing not only a redesigned UI but fresh features like fuel level warnings that can even remind drivers of certain models with a push-notification if they need to top up the tank. The new app, which works with the Automatic dongle that plugs into a car's dashboard, also gives more user-control over when the speed alerts kick in, allowing risk-takers to silence the nagging.

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Automatic pipes driver data into Jawbone UP app

Automatic pipes driver data into Jawbone UP app

Smart driving assistant Automatic has hooked up with Jawbone, mashing car-use and health data to give drivers insights into how their habits behind the wheel vary according to their overall lifestyle. The partnership pulls information from the Automatic dongle - which plugs into the car dashboard, and shares details on things like speed, travel time, and fuel consumption - into the Jawbone UP app.

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Automatic for Android smart driving assistant released

Automatic for Android smart driving assistant released

Automatic for Android has been released, finally bringing the Smart Driving Assistant to Google's platform having previously been an iOS exclusive since launch last year. Connecting wirelessly to Automatic's Link Bluetooth dongle, which plugs into the OBD-II port in a car's dashboard, the new Android app shows live gas consumption figures, gives better driving hints, and deciphers the "engine warning" lamp with actual information on what might be wrong.

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Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic smartphone car link gets IFTTT channel

Automatic, the iPhone-connected car telemetry dongle, has announced a new IFTTT channel that can integrate a vehicle into the Internet-of-Things, including automatically logging journeys, sending notifications when you're about to get to work, or even controlling a smart home. The new "If This Then That" channel can be sparked by several different triggers, including ignition status and location, and then used to fire off other IFTTT-integrated services like Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, SmartThings, and more.

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Automatic update turns cars into mobile Apple iBeacons

Automatic update turns cars into mobile Apple iBeacons

Automatic has updated its Bluetooth smart driving assistant to turn it into an Apple iBeacon, potentially allowing cars to communicate with stores, restaurants, and other venues as they drive past. The new tweak, added in a recent firmware up for the dongle, expands Automatic from its current role feeding MPG, speed, and other data to a nearby smartphone via Bluetooth 4.0, adopting Apple's location-based platform.

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Automatic Link driving assistant arriving for iPhone users today

Automatic Link driving assistant arriving for iPhone users today

This isn't the first time we have seen details of the Automatic Link. In fact, the setup was previously expected to arrive back in May. And after that there was another release delay, but the delays have all been put to the side today. The Automatic Link "Smart Driving Assistant" is now available for those using an iPhone. The system can be found with Apple, both online and in retail stores.

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Automatic Link sends car diagnostics to your iPhone

Automatic Link sends car diagnostics to your iPhone

While most vehicles are equipped with computers that can provide diagnostic information to mechanics, the owners of the cars don't usually have the resources to get that kind of information for themselves. However, a new Bluetooth dongle that attaches to your car's onboard diagnostics (OBD) port allows you send diagnostic information about your car to your iPhone.

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