70 mph in a 75 mph zone is not going to fly! Allow us to change threshold!

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I too have to chip in. You state that deducting points for going over 70 mph isn't geared toward penalizing us for our driving behavior. However, it deducts from the score. You may choose to call it something else, but that's the very definition of a penalty. I went from 99% to 58% on the last driving day of my week for cruising between 70-75 mph for 20 min. I never went over 75. Over the whole week, I was motivated to having softer accelerations/decelerations to improve fuel economy and driving score. Now I see that it makes no difference. Either I'm the slow guy going 69 mph in a 75 mph zone or I have a bad score. Automatic is being sent back. You can decide if you want to fail at business or allow people to choose their threshold. This is too ""progressive"" and illogical.
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Is the speed limit set at 70 for fuel efficiency or safe driving or? I see on your site that it looks like fuel efficiency is your focus. It would be good to have safe driving as another feature at some point.

From Automatic.com web site
Improve your driving with real-time feedback
To help you save money on gas, the adapter’s built-in speaker can remind you to drive more smoothly and efficiently. Audio alerts signal when to ease off the gas and brake pedals and help you avoid high speeds. The app shows your progress and scores your driving each week.
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Hey Robert and TC10,

Thanks for reaching out.

The 70 MPH threshold is purely for a fuel efficiency impact score—same goes for the other two factors of the score. We realize that this isn't a perfect system, more of which you can read about from the two official responses on the following topic page. To really get the full scope of the topic, please read both Adam and Amy's posts. 

To be perfectly clear, the score is not a reflection on one as a driver. The drive score is a weekly grade of your car's fuel efficiency. A high score doesn't necessarily mean one is a good driver and a low score doesn't mean someone is a bad driver. Hard braking, hard accelerating and driving over 70MPH for extended periods of times are considered less fuel efficient events, but even those don't provide the entire picture. These are just the user controllable events, and they are ultimately up to the driver if they are looking to become more fuel efficient with their vehicle.

Again, we acknowledge this system isn't perfect and it is something we are continuing to evaluate.

Thank you.

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