Can we get support for Metromile Insurance?

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I wanted to sign up for Metromile Insurance, but they require the Metromile Pulse to be plugged into the ODB-II port, which I assume is the same port that the Automatic adapter should be plugged into.

Is it possible to add support for Metromile to the adapter so that we'd have the option to voluntarily share this information to insurance companies like Metromile?
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Posted 3 years ago

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Jeff, Alum

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Hey TinyGrasshopper,

Thanks for reaching out and for sharing your idea.

You are correct that Metromile's device also requires access to your car's OBD-II port. They likely would require that you use their hardware, as it was specifically built for this purpose.

We do have an API platform that apps can be built on, but that would be more on a company like Metromile than us to build out that type of support.
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I called them and they confirmed that and they also said they have no plans to support other OBD devices. They also said they're okay with the OBD splitter. I read somewhere else that Automatic is not okay with the OBD splitter. If the other devices is supported with the splitter, does it mean that Automatic would work better?
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We don't really support the use of an OBD splitter because it has shown less accurate results because the adapter isn't directly connected into the OBD-II port. It also depends on the information that Metromile (or any other OBD device) would need when connected. If requiring the same data, you will likely see less accurate results than when the adapter is plugged in alone.

However, you are more than welcome to give it a try, but we do advise against it.
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Would it cause a problem if I used the Metromile insurance device with a splitter and an auxiliary speedometer?
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Hi Ryan. That wouldn't work. Here's an FAQ with more info on that.
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But the idea of combining our hardware with MetroMile insurance is an interesting one! MetrMile would have to be open to the notion, though. 

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