Multiple phones sharing 2 cars

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Here is my situation... I have two older cars. I generally drive our van and my wife generally drives the car. How can I keep track of the usage of both cars no matter who is driving them? Can I connect both of our phones to both adapters but a single account? I need my wife's phone to just know what car it's in and automatically log the trip, but ideally also sync that cars data to when I drive that same car. Only the van holds our whole family! What will happen when we are both in the same car?

Ideally I want to have a place where all the data for our two cars is kept to help me keep an eye out for problems, no matter who is driving (without any intervention at least on my wife's part on her phone).

The adapters are 2nd gen and we both have ios10 iphones.

❤️ this device!!!!

Thanks!!!
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Hi Ronald,

Thanks for the question & glad to hear you're loving the adapters!

So it's a bit complicated with Gen 2 and I'm not sure my answer will fully solve your need. Our newer product - Automatic Pro- does exactly what you're asking. With Pro, you use one account for multiple cars. Since it's a 3G connected product, it does not have to be connected to the phone in the car. It just captures the trip and displays it in the mobile app in real time. All trips & data are captured in one place and everyone can log into the same account to see the data for all cars associated with that account. Crash Alert also works regardless of who's driving the car and what phone is or is not in the car. 

Unfortunately, due to the nature of the technical architecture of the Gen 2 adapters, we do not recommend sharing an account if you have more than one car & more than one driver. This is because trips won't be captured accurately if both cars and both drivers are driving at the same time. So we recommend that people either only set up on the car in which they're the primary driver, or if they both set up on both cars, they have to do some Bluetooth toggling-off when they're both in the same car at the same time as that trip will just automatically connect to one of them and log the drive in their app -- there's no way to tell it which one or to reassign the trip. And there's no way to see all trips that both cars take in the app without logging out of your own account and into the other user's account. 

One of the big differences in the products is that when Automatic first launched, we took a user-centric approach to the app and data / trip capture. As such, the Gen 1 & 2 adapters are user-centric. With our newest hardware and companion app, we've taken a vehicle-centric approach instead. Now, all data for any given car (or cars) will be tracked in one place.

Here are some FAQs that explain more about car sharing under these two paradigms.

Gen 2:
Can multiple people share cars?
Can I connect to more than one car with my account?  
Sharing account
How does multi-user work?

Pro:
Sharing a car
Sharing multiple cars
How do I add another vehicle?
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Ok! That makes sense. So the Automatic "Pro" would be q better solution if this is ultimately my goal. That is fair. I am new to automatic and thought I would enter the community at a lower price point. So far I am fairly pleased (though I am having a strange issue that I will post in another entry). I imagine that I will eventually get a pro for both cars!!

Thanks for the reply!
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You're welcome. Glad I could help and welcome to Automatic!

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