Feedback after 2 months with Automatic

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First, let me say that I am very big data nerd, hence I liked the idea that Automatic could collect data from the OBD-II port and give me some UI into that data. I was hoping for something like Strava for my car but Automatic is certainly not there yet. Overall I'd say I'd give this a 2 of 5 stars. I could be so much more (and hopefully it will grow into it) but for now I'd classify it as a minimum viable product. If it did anything less, I'd probably write my own app to consume the OBD-II port data and do my own data analysis on it.

- With the current version I get the 10 mile Congrats notifications, even though I have Notifications off in the iOS app (
- The hard breaking warning goes off way too much IMO. I'd really like to know what the calculation/rule is here because my definition of "hard" seems to be much less than Automatic's definition.
- It's doesn't use actual (correct) data for the gas price I'm paying (How hard can it be to enter the price of gas when you fill up?)
- The "score" is an OK concept but it really doesn't tell me anything meaningful. For example:
- How does *my* MPG differ when I drive 65 vs 75 mph?
- I'd like to see the speed I was driving over the trip (something like 1 minute resolution would probably suffice).
- I'd like track more things with Automatic. For example, reminders for the next oil change based on odometer reading. The actual price of gas and how many gallons I put in. Any event, like new headlamp at a given odometer reading and data -- like a diary for my car.
- Trip duration. Start and stop time are great, but date/time math is hard for humans.
- Some basic analytic dashboard. Miles per day driven over some time period. Duration of trips. Stats per week in a single viewing pane.
- I could care less about the social aspect - sharing, etc. This app collects data about me and (sorry) I don't see the usefulness of sharing a screen shot of "My trip with Automatic". Maybe teenagers like this thing... but I'd rather see other more useful (data-driven) features than that stuff.
- A web front end. Again, a parallel to Strava. Having the phone app is nice, but not everything is possible in a that form factor.

Hopefully some of these thoughts line up with Automatic's product roadmap, but I'd be curious to hear what others think.

It would be useful to know all the metrics, measures, data, etc that is available from the OBD-II port and Automatic. Is it possible to post this somewhere?

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Official Response
Hi Greg! I wanted to provide an update for you. We've changed the status of this discussion to "implemented" as we've made a lot of progress since your initial post. 

- The 10 mile notification bug was resolved.
- We’ve improved (and continue to refine) sensitivity for hard brakes and accels, but if you’re still experiencing issues, please contact our tech support team at
- There’s no ETA, but we’re planning to add manual fuel price entry to the app in a future update.
- The drive score algorithm is getting a complete overhaul. You can read more about this topic here.
- The recently released web dashboard has many features you might be interested in using including expanded trip analysis (which includes trip duration) and data export

Thanks again for all of your feedback, and stay tuned for many more exciting developments!