Automatic Has A Game-Changer For Motorists Who Want To Drive Safer And Cheaper

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Most motorists don’t realize that the fortune they’re paying in gas is somewhat avoidable. Yes, prices are high and there’s no getting around the fact the last five years have brought little relief, but the vast majority of drivers can harness the power of technology to improve gas mileage and overall safety.

The team at Automatic is hoping to change driver habits through a simple, affordable device called the Automatic Link.

Link is an auto accessory that talks to your car’s onboard computer and uses your smartphone’s GPS and data plan to upgrade overall capabilities. Every Link works via iPhone and Android with just about any gasoline engine car sold since 1996, though it’s only available in the United States at this time.

The device plugs in to the same port that your mechanic uses when you take the car in for a service (close to the steering wheel). It runs $99.95, and the website allows you to know before buying whether your car is compatible.

A quick overview shows that iPhone 4S (operating on iOS 6 and above) is supported as well as iPhones 5, 5S, and 5C. Supported Android devices include Samsung (models S2, S3, S4, Note I II III, Galaxy Nexus, and Nexus S); Google (LG — Nexus 5, Nexus 4); Motorola (Moto X, RAZR HD, RAZR MAXX, and RAZR M); and HTC (One, One X, and Thunderbolt).

From there, just select your car and enter payment and shipping information. Currently, you can get the Automatic Link shipped to your door free-of-charge by using this link.


In What Other Areas Can The Automatic Link Help?

Aside from the savings on gas mileage that the Link will provide by revealing how well you’re performing with gas consumption, the device can help you locate your car if you forget where you’ve parked. It can diagnose your engine light. and send for help in the event of a serious crash.

The Link provides an easy-to-read display showing instances of hard braking, speeding, and rapid acceleration, all of which can put a strain on your mechanics and take away from fuel efficiency.

Furthermore, the device will assign you a score each week to help you realize where there is room for improvement, all of which will play friendlier on your engine over time, making your car last longer and be cheaper to insure.

The Trip Timeline feature gives the breakdown as follows:

  • How much you drive
  • Where you drive to
  • Actual MPG for all trips, even for older cars
  • Fill-ups
  • Local gas prices

Last but not least, the aforementioned Crash Help Feature will detect many types of serious crashes using the Link’s built-in accelerometer. Agents from Automatic report the situation to local authorities to get help immediately in the event of an emergency.

“An agent will also call your loved ones to let them know the details of the crash and that emergency responders are on the way,” the company states.


In Summary

Until recently, motorists have not had the opportunity to get this kind of insight into their driving habits. But the field of technology has changed in the last two decades to give drivers the tools and information they need to make better decisions behind the wheel. Devices like the Automatic Link operate on the idea that knowledge is empowerment and that most drivers want to be safe; they just haven’t had the tools to maximize their performance on the road. Automatic Link is an important first step for consumer knowledge. It’ll be interesting to see where the road leads from here.

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