- Daily Zen
In the past, only iphone users were able to integrate their Automatic dongles with their handsets, but now it seems that Automatic, the Smart Driving Assistant has finally arrived on Google’s Android platform and Android owners are now on the receiving end of an additional feature.
Automatic, the new Android app, which was announced Tuesday is a handy little smart driving assistant which combines a small hardware device that connects user’s smartphone to his car through the onboard diagnostics (OBD) port and a mobile app that provides drivers with information regarding their vehicle and their driving habits at a much lower cost compared to a more dedicated in-car smart systems or smart cars.
With rising number of fatal accidents and injuries mainly due to distracted driving, Automatic takes utmost care to secure the safety of drivers and carries out various other functions including tips on fuel efficiency.
The U.S. government has put in its best efforts to restrain texting or use mobile phones while driving. However, a new study on highway accidents noted that the yearly economic cost of crashes is nearly $46 billion which totals up to $129 billion in societal cost. While the countries continue to curb accidents, Automatic is contributing in its own way.
In addition to the features found on its iOS counterpart, the android app features a new Do Not Disturb mode. This particular feature basically diverts drivers’ attention more towards the road by automatically silencing the device or even turning off vibration alerts so that the driver won’t be disturbed either by his phone ringing or buzzing while driving. The new android feature can reply to phone calls with a text message informing those friends that the person is currently driving, according to the company.
Automatic also helps in spotting fuel, mileage and also information on engine that can be used to save gas. The device also notifies about the fuel costs and enumerates the amount paid in a specific gas station by finding it using the phone’s GPS tracking. While the app will be free the additional Link dongle from Automatic will cost buyers $99.95, which comes with the offer of free shipping.
Other additional features available in Automatic for Android users include crash alerts, in which the Automatic Link’s accelerometer helps determining if an accident has taken place. If so, it will immediately notify the authorities and it also reminds users of the parking location of the vehicle.
Interested users can download the mobile app version 1.0 for free from Google Play Store.