Make the speed threshold adjustable

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Here's something I have noticed based on using Link for a few days:

The score gets affected a lot more by >70mph driving (even if I get 50% higher MPG than EPA) than getting affected in city driving which returns a lower MPG.

In short, I can bet (beers?) with the Automatic team that I can get better mpg while driving >70mpg occassionally than your suggestion of using cruise control <=65 mph. Up for the bet? :P

At least, let me set my own speed limit I dont want to cross :)
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Nitin Alabur

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This may come as a surprise, but the drive score *is not* a measure of fuel efficiency. It's a measure of driving *behaviors* that affects fuel efficiency (hard braking, rapid acceleration, and highway speeding). So it's possible to get good fuel efficiency, even higher-than-EPA efficiency and still have a low score. In that case, the low score is telling you that you could have done *even* better with different driving habits, regardless of what the EPA says.

This is a subtle but important distinction we're working to make clearer in the app.

That said, we definitely need a way to better incorporate the actual effect of highway speed on the score, which can vary based on the car you have, coasting, driving downhill, etc. For example, if your car truly is more efficient at 70 than it is at 65, that should be taken into account.

The current one-size-fits all solution is a start, and as Ted alluded to above, this is just the beginning.
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Hi everyone. iOS now supports an adjustable speed threshold (coming soon to Android!), but please note that your Drive Score is still impacted by how much time you spend driving over 70 MPH. We’re working to refine how we calculate Drive Scores, and this will be implemented in a future app update.


We're also seeing some reports from iOS users that they're not seeing this feature yet. Please try connecting to your Link once, and that should resolve the issue. Let us know if this doesn't work for you.
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Greetings Automatic users! I have another exciting announcement regarding this feature: the Custom High Speeds Threshold is now available for Android. You can read more about the feature in our blog post and this FAQ. Keep in mind that your Drive Score is still impacted by how much time you spend driving over 70 MPH. We are, however, working to refine how we calculate Drive Scores, and this will be addressed in a future update to the app.