Tracking mileage for the IRS requires beginning and ending odometer readings. Can Automatic do that?
How about an option that if you tag a trip as business that it prompts you for your mileage? You could then report out an ending mileage and a calculated starting mileage? And you could even set a calculated end mileage based on the last reported mileage and any trips logged since then, with a 'confirm' button, or allow the user to scroll to a higher mileage to account for any trips taken by other drivers or not logged within the app. Or you could use some IFTTT recipe to record trip details to an online spreadsheet which uses some formulas todo some similar calculations.
Hi Mike. That would be a super handy feature! I asked our primary API / app integrations / Dashboard Labs developer about this and he said, "That sounds like an app that could be built on our platform". He's otherwise engaged for now, so... if anyone's interested in trying their hand at that: https://developer.automatic.com/
I would like to propose to have the user enter a current mileage in the app and then the app can add up the trip after that date. But since the distance is not 100% accurate, maybe a disclaimer is required. If the user is allowed to enter an odometer reading once a week or once a month, this number should be pretty accurate.
The IFTTT option is the best way to do this. I used it for a couple of years when I had to track my mileage for IRS reporting. It's still running now, but just not as required as before. Between a combination of the two IFTTT recipes, it keeps a pretty good record of trips and odometer readings. Both of which I got off here. One records each trip in a google spreadsheet, the other updates and resets the ending mileage in the spreadsheet at every gas refill (the first is done via automatic, the second is a manual SMS process that I have to do at the refill).
Odometer reading will be very helpful for other reasons. I do not know what car model automatic work with gas to empty. I tried it on an Acura TL 04 and Lexus IS250 2015 and neither works. Remotely checking how much gas or miles to empty and odometer reading will be helpful.