Automatic

Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford jumps in the race to develop self-driving cars

Ford is amping up its research into autonomous technologies in the hopes of creating a self-driving car. The company is a bit of a late-comer to the emerging market of autonomous vehicles. Auto industry competitors such as Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz are already well on their way past proof-of-concept. (We even took a spin in the autonomous Mercedes F 015!) Tech industry giants like Google and newcomer, Uber, already have prototypes on the road.

Continue Reading

Automatic steps up their car game with an app gallery

Automatic steps up their car game with an app gallery

Creators of the smart car plug "Automatic" reveal an app store dedicated to their device. Every car created after the year 1995 in the United States has what's called an OBD-II diagnostics port. This port is where the Automatic device plugs in. Through this device, users are able to connect (with their smartphone) to read-outs of all sorts - gas, engine problems, maintenance needs, and more. This week the Automatic team have revealed an app collection that allows you to make the most of your data.

Continue Reading

Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

Comcast Xfinity now an IoT platform, supports August, Automatic and more

You can now control your front door with your voice. In a partnership with Comcast, August — makers of the August Smart lock and August Connect — will soon allow their connected devices to be controlled via Comcast’s Xfinity service. If you have Xfinity Home, Comcast Xfinity Remote with Voice Control, or the X1 Entertainment Operating System, you can control your August device(s) via voice or on-screen controls, where supported. Comcast is also adding support for other Internet of Things devices, likely an attempt to make Xfinity more of an IoT platform than a cable offering.

Continue Reading

Here’s how Automatic plans to connect your car with Apple Watch

Here’s how Automatic plans to connect your car with Apple Watch

When Apple Watch lands in April, droves of people will be trying to snap one up. As lines diminish, users will start to discover all the neat things they can do with their watch. While Apple has plenty of use-cases listed on their website, there are also an endless number of iOS Developers hard at work, finalizing their Apple Watch-ready apps for distribution or update. Does Apple Watch make sense for the connected car, though? Automatic says it will.

Continue Reading

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

Automatic’s Link v2 gets FCC nod (and ace new packaging)

A second generation Automatic dongle, the Link2, has been spotted passing through FCC testing, ahead of plugging into your car's dashboard and piping driving stats to your phone. The Bluetooth dongle is outwardly identical to the existing model, which translates data on car status, driving style, fuel economy and more to a companion app for iPhone or Android, and currently there's no clear indication of what might have improved in functionality. In fact, the most exciting part right now looks like Automatic's new packaging design, which might actually have some legitimate usefulness to save it from landfill.

Continue Reading

Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic now ‘works with Nest’, connects car and home

Automatic, a leader in connected car technology, has announced their service is now working with Nest. With Nest and Automatic, your car and thermostat will soon be discussing your whereabouts, and best practices for keeping you comfortable. The basic functionality includes the ability for Automatic to wake your Nest into Home mode or set it to Away mode, depending on its proximity (like, when you leave and arrive). Further functionality gets a bit more granular, where Nest and Automatic will discuss where you might be.

License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

License+ from Automatic could actually make teens better drivers

If you’re a parent of a teen, driving can be a scary proposition. Not only is your child operating a massive machine capable of high velocity, but they’re inexperienced. You can teach them all you like, but sometimes it’s helpful to have some actual data to back up your passenger seat cringing. with an update to Automatic called License+, you can get that info. You also get a little peace of mind that your teen is driving safely even when you’re not there.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

1 2