Automatic Pro - Unplugged

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Is there a little battery in Automatic Pro that keeps it online for a short duration of time?

Since this Automatic Pro device is meant to be a safety device, I think you should have some logic around the unit falling out.

  1. When unplugged the safety features that you attempt to provide no longer work.
  2. When unplugged you could notify the application via 3G.
  3. When unplugged you could location stamp where it became unplugged via 3G
  4. When unplugged you could switch to Bluetooth and notify application.
  5. When plugged in (less desirable) - You could notify the application via 3G
  6. When plugged in (less desirable) - You could notify the application via Bluetooth

Here are my thoughts behind this.

If the unit falls out or gets knocked you're not providing the safety we purchased this for.  You haven't notified me either.  Either by accident or on purpose safety and monitoring is why you sold us this device.  I'm very skeptical about the redevelopment of Automatic Pro and the loss of so many basic safety features that your competition provides.

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Thanks for the feedback, mcaslan.
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I've only had Automatic for a short time, but used a Progressive Snapshot previously to save on car insurance. Both are more or less the same form factor and are pretty tough to knock out. I only ever knocked the Snapshot out of my OBDII port once, and it was when I had oversized winter boots on and bumped it getting out of the car.

Granted, the port placement can be different for different cars, so the location of mine might be more out of the way than others. I'm curious if there could be some sort of solution with IFTTT that could tell you when then adapter hasn't logged anything for a while? I know this isn't an ideal solution, but since the functionality doesn't exist today, you could roll your own solution that could send you a text or email if it doesn't log any new data.

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