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Save big dollars at the gas pumps with this comprehensive car app

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Your Car and Smartphone, Connected
Just plug the Automatic Link into your car's data port. Your ... More

Editor's review

Published 7 Jun 2013

We've seen plenty of car and travel apps over the years that can do everything from remembering where you parked your car to tracking gas prices but it's rare to see one that is quite as comprehensive as Automatic. You might have heard mention of this app on a few US news programs of late with one commentator saying that Automatic could do for driving what the iPod did for music. So, what exactly can this app do for the US motorist? Well, it indeed can tell you where you parked you car and track gas prices but Automatic's main function is to help you save money on gas with just a few subtle changes in your driving habits.
 
Automatic is an iPhone and Android motoring efficiency app that talks directly to your car's onboard computer and uses your smartphone's GPS and data plan to upgrade your car's capabilities.  It connects directly to your car's onboard computer to decipher that little 'check engine' light and explain exactly what's wrong. When the light comes on, the app alerts you right away with a push notification. The Automatic Link plugs into the same port your mechanic uses when you take your car in for service and is easily accessible near the steering wheel. It's an easy install with no tools required. Using Bluetooth® 4.0 technology and sophisticated energy-saving algorithms, the Link minimizes your phone's battery consumption. It helps you make small changes in your driving habits that can lead to huge savings on gas over time. It learns about your driving style and gives you subtle audio cues when you do things like rough braking, speeding and rapid acceleration that waste gas. It adds a little competitiveness by scoring your driving skills every week to help you improve. A high score could save you hundreds of dollars on gas every year. The app displays detailed info about your driving week - like how much you drive and where - and shows you the actual MPGs for all your trips, even for older cars that don't display fuel efficiency on the dashboard.
 
Automatic is aimed at keeping your engine healthy and improving your driving skills with subtle changes in order to save you money on gas. It's a simple to use app that taps into exactly the same place that your mechanic accesses when servicing your car and gives you audio cues when something is wrong as well as using your smartphone’s GPS system to remember where your car is parked. It is not exactly cheap - at the moment it will cost you around seventy bucks - but the amount of money it will save you at the pumps will easily compensate for that over a short amount of time.

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