Option to make "fuel is low" notification persistent

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I really like not having the Automatic app having a constant persistent notification, but I'd like the option to make only the "fuel is low" notification persistent. That way, it would act as a constant reminder that I need to fill up & could be automatically dismissed when the fuel level is adjusted back to normal levels.

Small thing, but would be a nice feature
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Stephen G

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Posted 4 years ago

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Android requires a persistent notification, so this isn't really an option for the Automatic team.

However, I like your idea of showing fuel level. In fact, as Android does require a persistent notification, rather than have the "background enabled" notification, or "currently driving" notification, it would be much better to make the notification continuously informational.

So low fuel or not, driving or not, always show fuel level and estimated range. When parked, still show the fuel level, but with the ability to expand the notification to see parking location.

Ultimately, user preferences will differ, so making some of these user settings, is probably the way to go.
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Hi Steven,

Mark is correct, Android does require a persistent notification for the app to run correctly in the background. However, this is still a great idea! Adding this to User Settings might be something that we look into in the future. 
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How does Android exactly "require" a persistent notification? I can turn the general Automatic app persistent notification off in the app settings, pair the Automatic with my phone, and all my trips are recorded. Is the app just hiding the notification like its not supposed to? I thought that was addressed in 4.3, with the OS creating persistent notifications if an app is creating hidden notifications?

On boot, Automatic is starting a process and a service. Can't the persistent notification be attached to one of those?
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Hi Stephen, 

You can read more about the Android requirement of persistent notification here. You can also read our FAQ about why turning off the persistent notification can affect the reliability of the Crash Alert feature. As for attaching a "fuel is low" notification to the process or service, those are both also great ideas! Thank you!

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