The Automatic App Gallery features more than 20 apps to connect you, your smartphone, and your vehicle.
Want to expense mileage for work, access real-time vehicle performance stats, or keep an eye on your teen driver? There’s a car app for that.
The new Automatic App Gallery features more than 20 third-party services to connect you, your smartphone, and your vehicle.
“The opportunities to improve the car ownership experience were so broad and deep that we knew not to try to tackle them all on our own,” CEO Thejo Kote wrote in a blog post. “There’s one way to do it right, a way everybody’s already familiar with: an app store, but for your car.”
You’ll need the Automatic adapter, a miniature device that plugs into most vehicles built since 1996 and pairs with the app on your smartphone. The first version arrived two years ago, but Automatic today unveiled a second-gen version for $99.95, which includes support for dual Bluetooth streams, as well as the ability to see a car’s raw performance data in real-time. It also sports built-in GPS and an improved connector to better fit in more cars.
Automatic currently supports three real-time data apps for iPhone and iPad: DashCommand, Harry’s LapTimer, and OBD Fusion. It should arrive on Android soon, the company said.
“We founded Automatic on the belief that our cars weren’t living up to their potential,” Kote said. “We hold the entire Internet in our pockets now, so why is car ownership still stuck in the past?”
App makers can get in on the action via the Automatic Developer Platform. There, developers can use the REST API for trip logs (mileage, routes, start/end location and times), Webhooks and Websockets for driving events (ignition on/off, check engine light status, and real-time location updates), and the Data streaming SDK for iOS (real-time stream of speed, RPM, air intake, and data from many more sensors).
“Without question, what we’re most excited about from this new adapter is the streaming apps available today and all the new ones coming soon,” Kote said.