The Automatic Link is a little white box that plugs into a port in your car you probably never knew existed. It can collect data about your driving habits and tell you how to improve your fuel efficiency, remember where you parked your car, and will call for help in the event of a crash. You don’t have to do a thing.
While we’re not exactly fans of using smartphones while driving, letting your car do the job is another story. Automatic works over a Bluetooth connection and shares information with your smartphone in the background. When you park your car, it makes a note where it is so you don’t have to remember. When you drive, it collects where you went and how efficiently you got there. If you open up the app (when not operating your vehicle, of course), you can find detailed information about your driving habits and fuel efficiency. If you tend to waste gas, Automatic will let you know to help you save some money.
While I’m a bit skeptical about the promise of greater fuel economy, as I have yet to upset Automatic with any bad habits, I think the gadget earns its worth from the emergency call and the car finder—now I won’t have to try so hard. I have a car that has virtually no features whatsoever, so it makes for a nice upgrade. If you’re in the same boat, you’ll probably appreciate Automatic. If you’ve got a fancy car, it might not add quite as much to your life.