New app Automatic turns almost any car into a connected car, using an adapter that plugs into a vehicle’s On Board Diagnostics (ODB-II) port.
According to the company, the Automatic app is packed with features every driver should have. It diagnoses engine problems, remembers where a vehicle is parked, displays trip history, and even calls for help in a crash.
Automatic monitors a car’s performance to promote fuel-saving driving habits and diagnoses the engine warning light without the need to go to a mechanic, whilst on Android, there is also a “Do not disturb” while driving feature. If selected, Automatic sets your Android phone to Do Not Disturb mode and disables the keyboard while you’re driving to reduce interruptions and the urge to text.
Now, in its most recent update, Automatic now works with two popular wearable devices, the Apple Watch and Pebble Classic. So now you can use your watch to see where you parked or tag a trip as “business” with a tap on the watch (Apple Watch only).
The update also includes the ability to see firmware version and upgrade status under the vehicle settings for troubleshooting, and various improvements to usability, performance, and stability.
Automatic is available for free on the App Store, and is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The Automatic car adapter costs $99.95, and is available from the company’s Web page.