Anti-theft: Getting a Push-Notification / SMS when the adapter is disconnected

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I believe this is not too complicated to impliment and would be a great deal against car-theft. As soon as the adapter is disconnected from OBDII I would get a push-notification or SMS (via IFTTT for example).
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Turaj Pilehvar

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One of the best things about Automatic is that there is no monthly fee to use it.  The reason you don't pay a monthly fee is that there is no cellular antenna in the Automatic.  It uses the data connection on your cellphone in order to sync to the internet.

Because there is no cellular connection, there would be no way for the dongle to notify you in the event of a removal from the vehicle.  Without a connection to your phone, the dongle is disconnected from everything except for the car itself.

The only way that the Automatic crew could add a feature like this would be to add a cellular connection to the dongle, which would increase the hardware cost and force them to charge a monthly fee, which we would all kind of hate!
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Turaj hit the nail on the head with this one! 

But thanks for the suggestion, ike.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Car location ping from dashboard..

Perhaps you have already considered this but I was wondering anyway. I understand the Gen II Automatic dongle has a GPS chip in it to aid in recording trip waypoints when a connected smart phone is not present. Could this chip be pinged remotely via the user's account login to the dashboard in the event a car is stolen? Less secure than Lo-Jack I'm sure. And in some cars' cases (our Yaris for example) the white dongle is visible to anyone who knows where to look. But it could be a feature that would be incentive for insurance companies to offer discounts as it could be used as a tracking device.

I know the insurance discount is a topic covered elsewhere, but this feature could also help individuals who share the car locate it when they have to pick it up from a place where their partner/spouse/friend parked it.
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Thanks for the idea, carguybikebuy. I merged your post into a related discussion on a theft recovery feature. Even though the adapter has its own GPS module, it doesn't have its own data connection. This means that the adapter depends on your phone for its cellular/data capabilities, and if your car was stolen, there wouldn't be a way for the driving data (its current location) to be transferred/processed.
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Wouldn't be possible to add the possibility to add one's own data sim card like Spylamp (www.integratedtrackers.com/GPSTrack/s...) does for a bike? This would add so much more value to automatic in my opinion and I'd gladly pay 50-100€ more just for this option and my peace of mind.
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Tom, Former Employee

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The current adapter doesn't have a SIM card slot, but you might be interested in reviewing this recent post from our CEO about the possibilities of offering a 3G-connected adapter in the future.
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Personally, being able to locate my car without the need for a cell phone inside the car would be a huge selling point -- assuming we weren't charged exorbitant monthly fees for cell/data service.  For me, such monthly fees would likely negate the value added to the device. 
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Good to know. Thanks for chiming in, Tim!

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