A new car accessory and an iPhone app promises to help you save hundreds on gas over time based on the driving information from your car.
In case you’re not aware, every car sold in the U.S. since 1996 comes with a port for on-board diagnostics (OBD) that allows you to get information about the vehicle’s speed, fuel level and error reports.
Even though I am a car enthusiast, I must admit I wasn’t aware of this until I came across this new product by Automatic earlier today.
Automatic has launched a dongle called the Automatic Link that plugs into the OBD-II data port and transmits the driving information from your car to an iPhone app.
Automatic uses this data to gives you subtle audio cues when you do things like rough braking, speeding, rapid acceleration that waste gas. It also gives you a weekly driving scores and timelines, the high driving score could help you save hundreds on gas every year.
It keeps track of your car’s health and informs you with push notifications if the ‘check engine’ light comes on. The app will also tell you what the error codes mean along with a possible solution and for complicated issues it will give you information about well-reviewed mechanics nearby.
It also offers safety features such as send free crash alerts to emergency services with your name, location, and vehicle description.
The dongle connects to your iPhone over Bluetooth 4.0, so it should not have a major impact on battery life.
Automatic Link costs $69.95 and the company has started taking pre-orders today and expected to ship it in May.
It looks like a really cool and innovative accessory. Let me know what you think in the comments and if you plan to pre-order it.