Automatic Labs Automatic
Our top pick for in-car gadgets, Automatic Labs' Automatic "smart driving assistant" plugs into a car's diagnostics port and monitors your fuel efficiency and driving habits. That's not exactly new technology, but Automatic separates itself from the crowd by interfacing seamlessly with a slick iOS app that automatically generates driving reports, makes suggestions to improve your economy, and provides automatic emergency crash response in the event of an accident.
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
The good: Automatic Labs' Automatic "smart driving assistant" is extremely simple to set up and use, even for the car-clueless. The app logs fuel efficiency, trip costs, and driving habits for later browsing. Audible alerts coach without distracting the driver. Parking places are automatically GPS-tagged.
The bad: At just shy of $100, Automatic is at the top end of the OBD reader and app price range. Lack of advanced or real-time readouts will deter car nerds. Android compatibilty was unavailable at time of testing.
The bottom line: The Automatic driving assistant helps drivers who know nothing about cars to monitor and boost their fuel efficiency with plug-and-play ease and a simple interface that even laymen can understand.
October 31, 2013 2:45 PM PDT
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