Electric car beta group needed

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Electric cars can't currently use Automatic Sirius.
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Nicholas Littlejohn

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Posted 10 months ago

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Ani, Customer Care Lead

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Hi Robert,

I merged your previous topic so we can keep everything in the same spot. I totally get your enthusiasm about Automatic for your Bolt. We have a staff member who recently got one and is also a bit bummed that they can't use Automatic in it. We, along with our parent company SiriusXM, keep close tabs on automobile development and are well aware of the rise of EVs and plug-in hybrids. The biggest barrier in supporting EVs in any capacity is our product was specifically designed to plug in to a car's OBD-II port. The entire purpose of that port is for emissions regulations and it must meet a federally mandated standard. Many EVs also contain an OBD-II port but as they are zero emission to begin with, they're not required to transmit the same data through it. 

It is not a trivial matter to simply plug in Automatic to the OBD-II port of an EV and decode the signal. Often times, the only reason an EV has an OBD-II port to begin with is for regulatory purposes, not for any diagnostics or car computer data. An Automatic product for EVs would have to be designed from the ground up and we'd have to work closely with individual manufacturers to be able to communicate with the vehicle. It's an entirely different world than what we're built for. 

In short, we're not going to create an EV beta group anytime soon. Our current product simply will not work with an EV. There's no shortage of gasoline cars out there that we'd like to get connected so we're focusing on them at the moment. EV support may come in the future, but the product for those cars will likely be very different than what we currently offer.