Announcing the Automatic Channel on IFTTT

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UPDATE 2/2017: There are now two IFTTT channels for Automatic. The Pro IFTTT channel serves the Pro adapter. The original IFTTT channel serves the Gen 1 & 2 adapters. 

Automatic lets your car tweet, post to Facebook, and more! When we set out to create Automatic, it was because of the incredible potential we saw in connecting your car to the internet. Automatic uses that connection to track your trips, remember where you parked, tell you what’s wrong with your engine, and even call for help in a crash. Today, we’re taking that connection to a whole new level: giving drivers the power to connect their cars to dozens of popular web services like Twitter, Facebook, and Dropbox. We’ve launched the Automatic Channel on IFTTT. What is IFTTT? IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that”, is a simple service that lets you create powerful connections between triggers and actions on the internet, like automatically turning your house lights on when you park by your house, or automatically letting your friends on Facebook know when you drive back home. Read more about IFTTT. What can you do with Automatic and IFTTT? The Automatic Channel on IFTTT exposes several very powerful triggers. These include:
  • Ignition turned on
  • Ignition turned on in a specific area
  • Ignition turned off
  • Ignition turned off in a specific area
  • Check engine light turned on
  • Check engine light turned off
  • New trip completed
  • Button pressed
These triggers occur when you drive with Automatic. Telling IFTTT what you’d like to happen in response to these triggers is called a Recipe. You can use one of our recipes or create some of your own. We’d love to see what you come up with so don’t forget to share them with us. As more channels are added to IFTTT, the things you can do with Automatic will grow too. Keep an eye on our IFTTT profile page where we’ll be featuring new and exciting Recipes as they become possible. Is it just us, or is the future here already!? Read more about this feature and see some sample IFTTT Recipes on our blog! And be sure to update to the latest app version for best performance.
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I got the email from IFTTT and was super excited. I almost suggested it to them when I discovered your API.
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Amy

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Cool! We're excited too. :)
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I am loving having Automatic on IFTTT so far. I can't figure out how to send my wife a text saying I am leaving work. I see a recipe, but no way to add her text number...clues??
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Hey Bob,
A limitation of IFTTT's SMS service is that it's tied to a single phone number. You have to re-activate their SMS channel and confirm a PIN with the new phone number. Understandably this is a measure to help prevent abuse, but I do agree it would be nice to be able to confirm several numbers and use them.
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You can also try this suggested recipe from IFTTT, Bob.
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If this than that...sounds like a bunch of logic mumble jumble, like AND, NAND, OR, NOR...LOL
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Robert Hancock

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I am not excited by this at all. The LAST thing I want is a creepy social network tracking where my car is and what it has been doing.
Could you give the monetizing social side a rest for a while and focus on data functions like gas price input, engine parameters, etc.
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Amy

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Hi Robert. There are many different uses with IFTTT for many different people. Some folks like automatically posting stuff to social media. Others can't imagine why anyone would want to do that. Thankfully, everyone can use what works for them or not use any of it if they choose.

Setting up the IFTTT channel was not done by our core app engineers and took no attention away from the ongoing development of core features. But it is something that a lot of other folks wanted and was a fairly simple thing to do.
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Creating an IFTTT channel for Automatic is brilliant! The amount of automation this opens open is really exciting.

One of the things I had been wanting to do was to figure out a way to have my sons car (he is 16) email or text me whenever he is leaving someplace so I know what time he left and what time to expect him home. He is supposed to call but he often forgets.

With IFTTT I can completely automate that "I am leaving" message so he can never forget.

Thank you Automatic!

Now to figure out a script to tell the Nest thermostat when I am on the way home or leaving the house so it can adjust the home temperature appropriately.
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Excellent! Automatic continues to get better and better.
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w00t!
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Yeh if you like paying for a POS Tstat...stick with Honeywell...and yes..I am an HVAC Contractor.
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So, why is the Nest a POS? Do you actually know anything about it, or are you just dumping on it because it's something new? Details, please.
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At the time of the post it was version 1 which had issues which where addressed in version 2. I am more familiar with Honeywell's products to be comfortable with the product before I can sell and install to my customers. So it was my professional opinion.
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Again, thanks for integrating with IFTTT. Now I can automate the task of my mom saying "call me when you get home" :)

While I used the API for all my needs, it was nice to have the Automatic -> Dropbox CSV export that includes links to google maps and static path maps of the trips. Love that.

@Robert Hancock
You don't have to integrate with creepy social networks. I am personally not on Twitter, Facebook, etc and many of the IFTTT recipes are useful tools for me, privately.
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Yay! Glad you like it, Nate. We figured you would but were hoping you wouldn't be annoyed after all that API lightbulb work you did. But of course, you were able to use triggers with that that aren't yet available with IFTTT.
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There's definitely a place and value in both. I'll still do custom events, but it's nice to have some tasks automated through IFTTT channels. Love it.
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Interested in starting a new topic to share your Hue light bulb API magic and asking what others have created with the API? ;)
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Nate Klaiber

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Hi Amy, I will definitely do that. I wanted to get some code pushed last week, and will do so this week with some examples of how I worked with both.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
IFTTT Integration.


Can we get IFTTT integration?

Using the recipes, it could maybe:
• Tweet your driver score for the week. Tweet major mileage milestones.
• Save daily scores, MPG, driver (using multidriver), maintenance requests to spreadsheet on Google Apps/Drive or Evernote
• Automatically email you and your trusted technician when your car needs work done.
• Create a calendar event or iOS Reminders when your car needs an oil change or other maintenance.
• Automatically check-in to foursquare when you park in specific areas (unfortunately IFTTT doesnt support checkin actions yet)
• Check local craigslist for a newer vehicle when your car hits a certain mileage or critical engine issue arrises
• Automatically send company car mileage to accounting? Maintenance alerts to maintenance department...

I could go on and on... Beauty of IFTTT
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Hey cyberhomie. I just merged your topic over here to update you about our announcement & so we could collect the IFTTT ideas in this topic for now.
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Amy asked me to put my thoughts here regarding mileage/odometer reading.

I would really like to use odometer reading to manage maintenance on the vehicles. Ideally, when configuring the vehicle the first time, we could set the base mileage through the app (from what I have seen about OBD-II data, odometer reading is optional or vendor-specific but I believe incremental mileage is tracked).

Long term, having your app or website manage maintenance schedules would be great, but if we had ending mileage available via the IFTTT channel, we could easily set rules to send an email every 'X' miles for oil changes, brakes, etc.

If you even opened up your API, there could be a market for other apps to manage that functionality - a full "car maintenance schedule" app would be fairly trivial to implement if you guys did the heavy lifting of providing mileage data.

--Jeff
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Thanks, Jeff! :)
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I would like to add to this idea of data mining. There are many different things that consumers use in their daily lives. We see an upward trend in fitness devices (Fitbit, Jawbone UP, Etc.) that people use in their daily lives to give them a 'charting' if you will of how they spent their day. I personally use the Jawbone UP24 and really enjoy the reminders of when I'm being too idle or when I hit certain goals. Another big thing I love about my Jawbone App is that it tells me one in awhile where I stand with the rest of the community of UP users. (i.e. 'You taken more daily average steps than 60% of UP users', and 'Did you know that UP users who sleep at least 7 hours/night generally take more steps in their day?') Automatic, can take this approach with all of the data you guys are gathering and say that you drive more efficiently than 60% of other Automatic users in your state, or area, etc. You could give personalized updates such as, 'Your average MPG is within 5% of the EPA estimated.' You know subtle reminders of how well you are doing and to keep up up the good work. That one reason why I still wear my UP24 every single day and make sure it's on when I go to sleep after wearing it now for 6 months, because I constantly am lifted up for my step count or gently reminded that I need to sleep more hours in a night. I believe there are many people out there who would want to continue to use your device all of the time instead of getting bored with it if my suggestions were the case. Also some people (including myself) would may love to see a time when Automatic and those fitness devices consolidated data, or had a join app, where a person could see their whole day. Because honestly what do you do in a day.... Walk, Exercise, Sleep, Sit, Drive. Jawbone and others have the first 3 covered. Your data could allow our technology to decider the difference between the other two. (Consolidated Timelines).

One thing I am weary of it using the emergency contact feature in the event of an accident. Automatic can obviously track speed, does it send the emergency personnel you speed at the time of hard braking that results in an accident? How incriminating would that be? Though it would be great if in the event you had an accident, the application would ask you a follow up question on how badly you are hurt. (No answer, send an ambulance and/or but not limited to, 'I'm good and other party looks good', send a patrol officer)

These are just a few things I have suggestions on after using the device for the first 12 hours. Oh enter current gas prices, or show that it is being pulled from area gas stations... kinda of important if you want to show people their trip/weekly fuel cost.

Thanks for your time and hard work thus far!!
-Mark
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Hi Mark,
Thanks so much for all the great feedback.
First of all, the things you're suggesting around aggregated comparative data are on the roadmap! You'll be excited to hear about some API integrations. Keep your eyes open next week for that. :)

With regard to Crash Alert. In the event of a Crash, a call center agent will call you first. If they get a hold of you and you say "no, I'm fine. call it off" nothing more will happen. If they get a hold of you and you say "yes, i need help & please tell my emergency contacts" OR if you don't answer the call, they will call emergency services first and then will CALL your emergency contacts. They won't have any data about the speed you were going or any other details other than your location. They will give your location data to the emergency contacts. That's it.

We do pull gas prices either from the exact station or an average of stations in your area depending on whether or not your car has a fuel level sensor. We plan to build in the ability to enter your own gas price. Here's more about how that feature currently works.

Thanks so much for using Automatic!
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Hey folks - make sure if you're on iOS that you've updated to 1.5.1 for better IFTTT performance.
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Love the ifttt channel, just wish one of the items I could use would be the name of the location of the car if I set one (eg, home, office, etc). Using long and lat is not very helpful.
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Thanks for the feedback!
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I am excited to see this function added! I am already getting reports added to Drive for trips. Is there a way to add headers to the spreadsheet to help the data make more sense?

Also, with the call my spouse recipe, How do I add my spouse's phone number?
Thanks for any help you may have...

Great Work and remember, if you do not want to be tracked, do not use the social media functions...

PS Any plans to link with OnStar? Teenage son driving syndrome...:)
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Hey Ed,
I mentioned this in another comment, but wanted to make sure you could see it, too. A limitation of IFTTT's SMS service is that it's tied to a single phone number. You have to re-activate their SMS channel and confirm a PIN with the new phone number.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any questions!

Peace,
Nate
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Amy

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Thanks, Nate!

Also, IFTTT has given this Recipe suggestion to a couple folks on Twitter who've asked the same question.
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Very cool to see you folks added an IFTTT channel. This offers many cool possibilities. Will be interesting to see what recipes get created!
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Amy

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Thanks, Scooter! We're enjoying seeing what people come up with.
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I love the IFTTT recipe that logs trips to Google Drive.

One request though: Please make it possible to log a full trip without the brief stops (the way it shows up in the app when Brief Stops feature is enabled).

Without this, a scatter plot graph of distance vs MPG goes totally haywire.
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We'll consider adding some way of knowing which trips have brief stops in the future.
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Most of these location based notifications can already be done with your phone's GPS alone. Plus, the service can't send texts to anyone but yourself, so what's the point of that?
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I've been using the "Remember where I parked" IFFT recipe that sends my current location via SMS message when the ignition turns off. Unfortunately, the recipe is often triggered when I turn the ignition ON, too.
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Hey Ben,

we're working on making our ignition off more robust, but one workaround would be to make an IFTTT recipe for trip finished using the end Location. This event is less likely to be missed or duplicated.
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Need to have start/stop odometer as an ingredient for my IFTTT recipes!
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Hi Michael, we don't currently have odometer data available to send through IFTTT, but I'll mark this down as a possible future addition.
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Is it possible to breakout the date and time into separate data points? I'd like to be able to use this tool to track the length of trips. With the date and time bundled there is no easy way to calculate the length of trip within Google Spreadsheets.
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Its not currently possible to do that.

We may add additional fields in the future including duration.
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Has anyone actually gotten their IFTTT recipe to work for "ignition start"? I've yet to receive an email I set up...
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Hi David, unfortunately, IFTTT is not yet fully supported on Android. Some recipes may work, but the API for the Android app is not yet completely fleshed out. We are working on it, though it may be a few versions away before this part of the app is complete.
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I'm not sure if this is an Automatic or IFTTT problem, but for the last week or so, the Google Maps trip archiving recipe isn't functioning properly. There is a link that is synced to Evernote, but the image is broken, and the link gives this error message: "The Google Maps API server rejected your request. Invalid request. Missing the 'size' parameter." So I *think* this is info coming from Automatic, and not an IFTTT issue. Ideas?
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I think this is an issue with how IFTTT is formatting their google maps image URLs - so I'll pass this along to them. Thanks for reporting it.
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On the Automatic channel on IFTTT, it looks like the {{HardBrakeCount}} value is actually being reported in the {{HardAccelCount}} variable instead. I don't know if these two attributes are necessarily swapped with each other, but in testing the following recipe:

https://ifttt.com/recipes/148434-log-...

...I had a trip with 1 hard brake and all other alerts at 0 and, instead, it was reporting 1 hard acceleration all other alerts (including hard brakes) at 0.
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This issue should get resolved within the next 24 hours - thanks for bringing it to our attention.
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Brendan Nee, Alum

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Thanks for reporting this - we're working with IFTTT to get this resolved.
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Amy

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Hey, I'm wondering if anyone here is using an export trip data to spreadsheet recipe with IFTTT and can help out this fellow user?
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Just curious, how often does ifttt make api calls on the Automatic servers? Or, in other words, how "real time" is the data used?
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Amy

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Sorry for the delay. I'm not sure but will ask!
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We send data to IFTTT as soon as it happens. So there is very little delay on our end.
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Is the ignition on/off trigger compatible with Android? I'm trying to get a message sent to my Glass whenever I get home after work ("Welcome home sir"), or get in the car in the morning (""Where to today?").
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I'm using Android and the API and, so far, it seems only "Trip Finished" and "Parking Changed" types are being triggered. If this is also the case for IFTTT, it would seem only "Trip completed" works with Android currently.

I've heard they are still working on getting the other features to work for Android.
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That event isn't ready for Android yet, but we're working on it.
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I love IFTTT and use a lot of the other IFTTT channels, so thank you very much for the IFTTT integration!

In order for the Automatic channel to be useful to me, I'd need the "ignition on" trigger to work from the Android app. I tested it today and it does not work. I see a reply from months ago that you're working on it. I hope you get it working soon!

Thanks.
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That's coming! The Android app does not yet have full IFTTT support.
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Hi everyone! I have an exciting update for our Android users. In today's release, the Android app now fully supports IFTTT :) See this announcement for more details.