Smartphone IntegrationVehicle Maintenance

Automatic Lite, an affordable OBD-II dongle

Published: 21 October 2016

Automatic announced a new Bluetooth connected car adapter, the Automatic Lite, the low-cost adapter for anyone who wants to save time and money on their car. This follows the success of the unlimited 3G Automatic Pro launch earlier this summer. Like Automatic Pro, Automatic Lite is completely subscription free, and comes with Automatic’s free Android and iPhone apps.

Automatic Lite
Automatic Lite

“The success of Automatic Pro shows us that drivers are finding incredible value in connecting their cars, but that many had specific needs that we could meet at a lower price point,” said Jerry Jariyasunant, Co-Founder of Automatic. “With Automatic Lite, we get to bring the power of connectivity to consumers looking to avoid wasting money on their cars by helping them save gas, track their trips for expensing, and even known whether their car really needs a trip to the mechanic.”

Features include:

  • Making car ownership more affordable: If the Check Engine Light comes on, the Automatic app will help to diagnose what’s wrong. It explains what’s wrong in plain English and helps you find nearby mechanics if needed.
  • Expensing trips “automagically”: Tagging trips for business is a snap with convenient shortcuts. You can export your trips to a spreadsheet or create itemized expense reports directly with services like Expensify, Concur, Xero, or Freshbooks.
  • Tracking gas expenses: Automatic knows the locations and daily gas prices at hundreds of thousands of stations around the country, so entering your fill ups couldn’t be easier.

Designed as the companion for Automatic Lite, the beautiful new Automatic app for iPhone and Android puts the car’s data at the driver’s fingertips. The app wirelessly syncs with the adapter over Bluetooth when the car is on and the app is running so a consumer’s car seamlessly connects with the rest of their everyday life through the Automatic app ecosystem.

The Automatic Lite at a significantly lower price. It will be available for sale at Best Buy, Amazon, and with no ongoing service fees. The app is available for iPhone and Android.

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