Can I track where my car is when I'm not in the car

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Say I get home, parked, and went home. But later someone else drives my car (or its being stolen). Since the app usually notifies me when the car started moving and is being parked, am I going to be notified when my car is being used and where its parked while me and my phone is not with the car?
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Ashok Aiyar

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If you have the Automatic Pro adapter, the answer is yes. The other adapters transmit location using your phone.
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Ashok is correct! With the Automatic Pro adapter a phone doesn't need to be present in the vehicle. Once you have completed Setup you can track your vehicle on the Automatic app even if you're not driving.
so I can watch my car being driven off from my phone then? That's neat. I've never notice this, but the Pro adapter just records the trip and then sends the information of where it started, where it went, and where was parked when the engine turns off? Or can monitor my car's movement real time?
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Hi Wiryan,

The Pro adapter provides real-time tracking in the Automatic app on your phone. To track your vehicle, open the app and tap on the illustration of your vehicle on the 1st screen. It will tell the currently location if parked, and will track it if it's being driven. I hope this helps!
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Where can I find this app?
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Hi Loretta,

I removed one of your postings since they are both the same question. You can find the Automatic app here: https://automatic.com/app. The Automatic Pro adapter uses the Automatic app, not the Automatic Classic app, so make sure you download the correct one. 
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so your app doesn't have to be running constantly? if your app isn't running and you notice that your vehicle isn't where it's supposed to be, you can open up the app and track it, providing that the device is still connected to the ODB port and the vehicle is still in an area where there is a cell signal and gps signal is still good?
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Hi Hue,

That is correct. The Automatic app doesn't have anything to do with how the Automatic Pro records trips, it just displays the data. If someone were to drive your vehicle with the adapter plugged in and in an area with a good 3G signal you can track them.