Does Automatic have built in GPS or does i use the GPS off of your phone to 1) track routes 2) Find where you parked your car

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For example, I take the train an hour away from my car, can I still see where my car is parked? And if my car drives when my phone is not in range where I be able to see the route where my car has traveled?
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Automatic is simply a Bluetooth device that relays data from your car to the phone. Logging, tracking and communication happens in the app on the phone and uses your phones GPS and Internet connection to communicate. Without the Bluetooth connection to your phone Automatic does little.
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Hey Kolin,

Thanks for reaching out. Also, thank you Steve for chiming in :)

If you have a 2nd generation Automatic adapter, there is a built-in GPS chip. The first generation adapter doesn't have this and would require that your phone is present and connected to capture trip data.

While this chip will collect data points of your trips when your phone isn't connected, the trip data won't be provided to your account until the adapter has connected to your phone. This on-board GPS shouldn't be entirely relied upon, though, as the adapter has limited memory and can only hold roughly eight hours of driving data between syncs. For this reason, we suggest that you always drive with a phone present and connected.

To answer your questions specifically, yes you can see the parking location of your vehicle from the app. However, this is only the case if you were the last person to drive the car and were connected to your adapter or someone else that you share the car who has set up Automatic with their phone and parked the vehicle under the same circumstances. If you dropped your car off at, say, a valet, you would not be able to see where it was parked.

As for trips without your phone present, this relates back to the original paragraph. The 2nd generation adapter will store up to eight hours of driving data without a phone present/connected, but you will only be able to see this data the next time your phone is connected to the adapter. Even in the case where a vehicle is shared with another Automatic user, the only information you will be able to see is where the car is parked. At this time, Automatic doesn't provide real-time tracking or shared trip data.
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Thanks for the clarification. So if I understand it, Auto2 indeed has a GPS logger, but no cell radio for comms when not connected. Correct?
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That is correct, Steve.
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Jeff, thank you for the clarification and thank you for your help Steve! It is all greatly appreciated! :)

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