iCal for Automatic Data?

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I live and die by my calendar. Between work events, home events I track everything there. To get even more accuracy in tracking in my calendar I leverage apps to push my phone calls to my Google Calendar, I use IFTTT for alerts from various apps in my calendar. I even discovered that FourSquare has a calendar integration, I have EVERY check-in on my calendar. Great for a calendar journal and a record of the places I've been and time I've spent.

I have played with IFTTT - Gcal + Automatic to get my drive times into my calendar (Biggest reason I bought it), but unfortunately, GCal Quick events don't support End Times so every drive gets pushed into my calendar as an hour. Lame. Sometimes the times don't even match up.

I would love love LOVE to have my Automatic car trips automatically push into my calendar.

Foursquare is a great example of how this works - https://foursquare.com/feeds/ - it's the only reason I even use Foursquare.

Either way, love Automatic, keep up the good work! Excited for future innovations!
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  • hopeful Automatic does this!

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Hey Dan,

Thanks for getting in touch and for your feedback!

I have passed your idea along to our team. I don't see this as something we'd be looking to build in the immediate future, just because we have a lot of other bigger priorities right now, but we are continuing to build and work with partners for our connected apps. Someone could potentially build such a feature on top of our API.

Thanks again, Dan! We will keep you posted here if anything changes!
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I would definitely love this. My calendar is an integral part of my life, and having my trips sync on there with the rest of my work schedule would be awesome. Using the automatic dashboard to tag business trips is great, but there's no context for the rest of your day so it's a lot of tabbing back and forth. There aren't a lot of great integration-heavy calendar apps, but I hope someone picks up the idea! 
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Hey guys. I love this enthusiasm for life-tracking! And I've never heard of using the Calendar as the focal point for that, though it makes sense! I remember doing that in high school with paper calendar that basically became a record of my year. :)

So we do have an ignition-off trigger that works with IFTTT. It sounds like to accomplish what you want, something needs to happen on GCal's side which, unfortunately, we can't do much about. Anyone have a friend who works on the Google Calendar team?  

Unless I'm misunderstanding? 
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You're right on, Amy! And you're right, it's more of a problem with GCal + IFTTT than it is with Automatic - GCal quick events clearly don't support "end times." I can trigger the event add, but nothing happens beyond that. I've found some workarounds by having Automatic + Gdoc IFTTT, and the Gdoc to GCal IFTTT (but it's a total PITA).

That said, the Foursquare link I put on the original post, is a great example of an app bypassing IFTTT style connections and opting for their own iCal feed (which can easily be added to GCal, or any mainstream calendar system, Outlook, etc.). I would actually prefer that because Automatic could be more deliberate on what is IN the event itself; for example, in the calendar event description you could have "estimated start location, end location, average speed, fuel spent" AND even a link to the trip details within the Automatic dashboard. And if it was iCal, someone could even have their son or daughter's, employees, significant other's trips directly in their calendar.

Just an idea!!
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Ah! So that would mean an iCal integration directly with the Automatic API. Here's our Developer portal should anyone want to explore that. ;)

https://developer.automatic.com/
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IFTTT can be used to create a Google Calendar entry so this seems like a solution!
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Unfortunately, Quick Events for GCal / IFTTT do not support end times as I mentioned in the original thread / post.
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This has available for a long time, I've been recording all my trips with start and end times in my google calendar since late 2014. It also records the distance and mpg for the trip. My Mac then subscribes to the goggle calendar which propogates the entries into calendar running on it. I leave them off calendar on the iPhone just to keep the clutter down.

I believe the recipe was originally put out there by Automatic as one of the first ones but here it is

{{VehicleName}} completed a trip from {{TripStartedAt}} to {{TripEndedAt}}. Total trip length was {{TripDistanceMiles}} with an Avg. MPG of {{AverageMPG}}..

It's run 2700+ times since November 2014.

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Hey Rob, thanks for the comment. I have had a similar IFTTT setup in the past and you are correct, it absolutely works, it does put the information in the calendar.

But on your calendar setup, is each event that is added from Automatic an hour?  I setup your IFTTT and every event adds as one hour, even if the event is less than 15 mins, is yours not doing this?  I've found that IFTTT GCal Quick Events do not support End Times, thus it accurately reflects the start time, but does not properly "end the drive" in the calendar. See below. 

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Thanks for chiming in, Robert. Would be awesome if your solution would work for what Dan's wanting to do!
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Unfortunately it doesn't. While the text in the entry has the end time, as Dan pointed out all the entries get created as an hour not the actual duration. I just had never noticed that before. I wondering if you can even create a Google calendar entry that has entries like 1:06 minutes?
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Ah, ok. Well, if someone can get interested in this idea who also has the chops to build an app on our platform, this could probably be done!

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