Provide a "vibrate" setting for threshold alerts

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I wonder if there is a way to change the beeping to simply vibrating. It may be somewhat disturbing to fellow passengers when it beeps.

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Posted 5 years ago

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That's a neat idea Antony. Curious if it's happened to you yet. Have the beeps disturbed anyone?

By the way, we've heard this request from hearing-impaired folks so it's already on our radar.
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Actually, yes, in several occasions, friends and families were surprised/weirded out/confused to hear the beeping.

It also does seem to distract me while driving from time to time. While certain driving behavior may lower the fuel efficiency, but they deem necessary to ensure to safety of the driver and passengers. For example, when a car out of no where cuts in my lane and drives at a significantly lower speed than my car, I have no choice, but to hit brake asap. It is not because I don't want to boost my fuel efficiency, as I simply don't want to hit the slower car! The beeping is the last thing I want to hear when my brain is trying ways to prevent an accident.

There are other real examples, i.e. when I am driving to merge into the freeway. At least in Texas, cars can drive a bit faster, like 5 miles above speed limit. If the specified speed limit is 65, you bet there is going to be a lot driving at 70. Now, lets say if you merge into the freeway, and if you don't drive at the matching speed, you are more likely to get honked at or worse, rear ended by other drivers. So yes, I need to drive at least 70 to be safe...at least at the initial stage of merging...and the beeping? yeah unwanted.

In addition to the distracting beep, I also bear the responsibility to explain why the beep takes place when my friends were in the car with me. While it is cool and all to talk about "Automatic" (like doing some free advertising for you guys) from time to time, it is not really what I signed up for when I received the device. Plus, since they are my passengers, they often critique why the beep is triggered too prematurely or too sensitive to trigger. Yet another conversation that I am not too keen to keep up.

At the moment, I simply disable the beeping all-together. I still strive to drive as fuel efficiently as possible, but I don't stress on getting the audible cues. If cues are needed, I prefer vibration mode.

Speaking of the beeping sound, I noticed that from time to time, even when I disabled the beeping, it still beeps every once awhile. It typically happens shortly after I started the engine and driving within the first few minutes. Most of time though, it does stay quiet like I wanted.
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Super helpful feedback. Thanks for sharing. Question: is the beep you hear the same as the hard brake/accel ones, or a different one? That'll help us figure out the issue.
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It is actually the beeping that I hear when I first insert Automatic into the port for the very first time (i.e. like the very first time during initial setup). I am fairly certain the device was inserted firmly into the port, so there was no wiggle room for it to get disconnected. But still, it has been awhile since I last heard the beep. Will report back if I happen to hear it again. Thanks

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