March 13th 2013 9:22 am

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An expensive way to learn better driving habits

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The Automatic Link is great if you're simply looking for a way to help conserve fuel, but car geeks and road warriors will be left wanting more.

Critic reviews

8.3
6 reviews
  • Design and form factor
    8.0
  • Ease of use
    8.8

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User reviews

7.8
5 reviews
8.0
Engadget Nov 26, 2013

In the end, our wish list is longer than our like list, but this is still a compelling device, especially if the app has room to get smarter over time.

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9.0
CNET Oct 21, 2013

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.

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8.0
iLounge Nov 6, 2013

It’s not a product for everybody, but for those interested in such data and features, it’s a really well-executed device, and earns our strong general recommendation.

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8.0
BGR Nov 19, 2013

At present, it’s hard to justify the $99 cost for those who a) already drive pretty conservatively and b) aren’t data nerds. That said, every man, woman, and child who climbs behind the wheel would appreciate an app automatically monitoring the warning lights.

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9.0
PocketNow Oct 26, 2013

Overall, we’re quite pleased with the Automatic experience and how it’s changed how we drive. Without caring what the scoring system actually means, we try to score highly with each drive, because we know it’s saving us money.

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Engadget Mar 15, 2013

As far as the actual Link device goes, there's not much to say about it. ... What's interesting is what's inside; it has an accelerometer which is useful for detecting those sudden movements, and Bluetooth 4.0, which is used to transmit a set of data to your smartphone.

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CNET Mar 13, 2013

At the end of each week, Automatic compiles all of this data via the app and assigns a driving score. At the end of each trip, the app also compares your fuel economy with the EPA estimated values for your particular vehicle and lets you know how much the trip cost you using real-time fuel prices.

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Laptop Magazine Mar 13, 2013

Our personal favorite feature of the Automatic Link is its ability to read your check engine light and tell you what’s wrong with your car, something dealerships and mechanics will charge for. Better still, when you fix the problem, the app has an option that lets you turn off the engine light.

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9.0
srfpower srfpower

Good design, but lacking in features/analytics. Like engadget said, it's a pretty expensive way to let you know how you are driving.

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