Link to Garmin, other GPS

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You could consider partnering with Garmin or others and have their device hand off its data such as speed limits.
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Posted 5 years ago

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Thanks for the suggestion, Scott. 
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Yup ;)
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Garmin Integration with Link.

I think it would be great if the link could communicate with certain Garmin models that support ecoRoute (such as the Nüvi 3597LMTHD). Garmin offers a similar device that connects to the OBD port and wirelessly sends the engine codes, fuel level, etc to the GPS screen. It would be great if the automatic link could wireless send the information to the app and my GPS.

This could be done two ways: one, Automatic and Garmin work together to make an official app to accomplish this. Second, automatic can make a separate app which people can download from this website and unpack onto their GPS using their computer. The second option may be better since working with Garmin would impose limitations of the automatic app since they wouldn't want to cut their product short.

Benefits of this app would be: The automatic link could use GPS data from the Garmin product instead of relying on my phone for that. The link could show everything such as driving score, trip data, engine codes, etc on the Garmin screen. If check engine light comes on, the GPS can access that data (when driving the GPS shows you so users are less likely to check their phone while driving to see why it's on). All app information should be seen on GPS app. One last thing, when driving and a user hard brakes or something, a small iOS-like notification banner shows exactly why your link is beeping.
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Thanks for the ideas! As you can see above, the status of this idea is "Under consideration". This doesn't mean we're guaranteed to include it in the future, it means that our product team has talked about this and how it would potentially fit into the grand scheme of things.

Having your phone notify you about varying things instead of or in conjunction with the Link is something that we do plan on implementing in some fashion in the future. Check out these two topics for more of our thoughts on this.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Does Automatic support external GPS devices for iPhone like Bad Elf GPS or SkyPro XGPS?.

That would greatly increase the route and position accuracy specially in areas like downtowns with tall buildings.
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We don't right now, Nilay. However, someone has posted something similar as an Idea so I've merged your question into this topic for you to follow this thread.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Utilizing builtin GPS on Onstar Enabled Vehicles.

Is it possible that the Automatic dongle could be programmed such that it would be able to decode GMLAN encapsulated GPS packets on the automobile's control bus?

It is documented that the GPS signals used by Onstar are available to the OBDII port on GM vehicles as the GMLAN bus is available on pin 1 of the OBD-II service connector. These GPS signals are wrapped in GMLAN protocol, but could easily be decoded and used by the Automatic Dongle to record trip information without the need of a mobile phone connected.

Instructions to decoding the GMLAN protocol and subsequently the GPS coordinates encased within are readily available online.
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Interesting idea! Thanks for the related information regarding how GPS data can be accessed via OnStar and the OBD port, Justin. I merged your post into a related discussion on linking Automatic with other devices for their GPS data. This idea is currently under consideration, so we don't have any plans to implement it at this time, but we're giving it some thought.

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