Add Fuel Level to IFTTT

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I'm hoping that fuel level will eventually be added to the Pro app, but in the mean time could a trigger be added to IFTTT for when the tank is filled? Also, I guess another one for when it's at 1/8th of a tank would be useful as well.
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Fuel level would be fantastic!!
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Fuel Level warning is not currently an IFTTT trigger so that would have to be coded, but I agree that would be cool.

FWIW, if you have an Amazon Echo & have it hooked up to your Automatic account, you _can_ currently get a fuel level update from "Alexa" even if you're using Automatic Pro, as long as your car reports fuel level. You can ask Alexa how much fuel you have left and it will tell you how many miles you have left in your tank. 
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Alexa has it because when our Alexa integration was built we included this feature in the API and that API hasn't been changed. At the time, Gen 2 was our latest product and included the feature. The biggest issue with the feature is just that it's non-existent in about 50% of cars as it only works in cars that actually report their fuel level via the OBD port. This is why this feature was not included in the launch of Pro. 
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As long as you state that limitation I see no reason why you API still cannot work with this option. Just return blank if not found, simple
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Ok I see it was a product decision! If I had a car without fuel data I think I'd be ok with a notice "fuel data not shown for my car"
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Hi Shawn. It's not a matter of something not being technically possible. Many things are possible and there a lot of things we'd like to build and extend! :) It's a matter of resource allocation and prioritization for the many things the developers need to work on -- some visible to users, some behind the scenes infrastructure and optimization work.
We provide this community and take suggestions and feedback here so that we can keep track of the many things users would like to see, gauge the level of interest in any given feature or piece of functionality and allow that to help inform future roadmap planning.   

Miromi - that's what we have in our original app with the Gen 1 & 2 adapters. It just hasn't been built into the new experience but is something the product team is considering. 
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I appreciate this thread. If it were able to track the fuel, then you would only need to enter the price per gallon when filling the tank as the computer would be able to calculate the added fuel. It would make business reports that much easier. I hope this feature becomes a priority and a selling point amidst more competition. I have 2 Automatic Pros and love them. You made a good product but the rest of my "smart" technologies I use have gotten substantially smarter with no end in sight. I hope the same from you, the company that has been doing this for a while.
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This would be one the most useful data that we can get from automatic and ifttt.
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Alexa can report fuel level on all four of my cars and my previous two older cars. So that's 100% of the cars I have owned. My cars are from Chrysler, Ford, Nissan, and Subaru. I was desperately looking for this data element in the IFTTT feed. I also would like the battery voltage because one of our cars is not driven that often in the cold weather. If you could just add these two pieces of data to the "ignition off" event, I would be overjoyed. I could wait before seeing it in the app if you added it to the IFTTT feed. Of course, I already love your product and have showed many other people how great it is. Automatic Pro is so important to our lives now.
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100% agree with this comment. Please add these both to the IFTTT feed. Since fuel level is in the Alexa API, please add that first.
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If we were to get fuel level with the existing ignition off an ignition on events, it may not need to be a new event.
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Hi Gordon and Dan,

Thank you so much for the input! These ideas are still not planned, so I don't know if they will be implemented or not unfortunately, but we appreciate the feedback and enthusiasm! 
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It's been a year and we still don't have fuel level.

BTW, one of your own sample apps exposes vehicle's current fuel levels:
http://tripviewer-rails.herokuapp.com/vehicles

What's the reason that you are ignoring this idea?
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Hi Dan,

We aren't ignoring the idea, we jut have been focused on other features and behind the scenes improvements. Unfortunately we don't comment on possible future features. 
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Yes, great ideas.   Fuel level, odometer, TPMS and battery readings. Info we can all use on a daily basis, unlike driving profiles and braking. Anybody use those besides the insurance co's?  Maybe. I dont have kids at home anymore so I don't.   MetroMile has had fuel level and new fill ups in their OBDII device for a couple years that I know of and it worked on all 5 of my cars..  Yet, the fuel level suggestion is over a year old here and no plans to implement it yet?  I can see the odometer being problematic based on the post Amy provided in another thread but the fuel level I don't get.  Its built in to the API already!  I guess selling data to insurance co's takes presidence over user experience.     
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Hi Don,

Thanks for the feedback! On a side note, we do not sell data to insurance companies unless we are partnered with them and those are strictly opt-in programs.
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Why can Alexa tell me the fuel level of all my vehicles but the Automatic app can’t?
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Hi Gordon,

Alexa is tapping into some legacy code from previous versions of the Automatic adapter that still exists. Previous version of the Automatic adapter had a Fuel Level feature, although it only worked for about %50 of vehicles on the road, which is one of the reasons it's not in Automatic Pro.
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I am a software developer myself and I understand about legacy code. However, I have four cars with Automatic Pro and it works for all of them. I find this feature very helpful when I find out I need to take a long trip the next day and won’t have time to fill up the tank. I actually asked Alexa last night for this very reason. I had to swap cars with another family member. My cars range from 2008 to 2017 models from four different car companies, so it doesn’t seem like a legacy feature for them. Are you hinting that the Alexa feature may also stop working at some point? People should understand that not all cars are compatible with all features and you already have some cars that won’t work at all. But if 50% of us can enjoy this feature then I would hope it could be supported. May I suggest you make it an in-app purchase available to only those that can make use of it? That way you can get funding for development and have happy customers. I also assume you are working on a next gen device that has an LTE radio in it. I hope it can at least be included in that roadmap if we can’t get it in the current app.

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