Automatic Link Brings Car’s On-Board Diagnostics To Your iPhone


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.

Via: AllThingsD

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  • untzuntz

    Thats pretty cool. A $70 ODBII reader is actually not that expensive plus the software features the app will provide. I’ve heard mechanics charging up to $150 just for diagnostics. I wonder if this will also reset codes like my $20 ODBII reader I got?

    • Juice

      did you miss the part where the girl erases the code in video?

  • Alan

    Wow. This is a really innovative solution. A really cool iPhone accessory after a very long time.

  • KEVIN8r

    Dashcommand has been out for a while,and has some similar features. :)

  • Bob Sokol

    If you go to the pre-order page they require what make and model car you have and what smartphone model you have. Does this mean it will only work with my current phone and one vehicle? It should really be universal…

    • JCT

      its probably to make sure its compatible by asking you the info for example why ask you which phone when its made for iphone

  • DrunkMunki

    only useful on popular models, I used Rev and Dashcommander (with PLX KiwiWifi OBD) for my Ford FPV GT-P and was useless, make sure it works with your model before buying it