Real-time speed in Automatic Pro?

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Can Automatic Pro track real-time or live speed?
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Posted 11 months ago

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Hi Rob,Welcome to the Community! While the Automatic Pro does provide real-time tracking, it doesn't provide real-time speed. That said, you can check the Web Dashboard to see if someone drove over 70MPH after a trip is completed: can also check the average speed for the week and time spent over or under the speed limit in the Automatic app under Insights--->Driving Stats.I hope this helps!
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Thanks so much for getting back.  While the real-time speed would be a nice added feature, you guys have a phenomenal product.  Keep up the great work.
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Thanks, Rob! You may want to vote & chime in on this related "Idea" post.
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Rob Mahn

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I need to keep tabs on my teenager and just having the location is not going suffice.  I will be returning the unit that I just bought.  I suggest you look at the TrueMotion phone app.  It's free and shows you exceeded speed limits and hard braking.  Perhaps they would partner with you!  The only problem is that you can't enforce the teen keeping it on the phone, or from disabling it.  This is where your hardware dongle has the advantage.  The teen not even needs to know it is installed.  As I've seen suggested elsewhere, making this a tool for parents to monitor their teens driving would be a great product.
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Agree with real time speed and speeding alerts — this information is desired by parents with driving teens
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The capability exists, not sure if there is in-built functionality or not, but you can have it trigger events as soon as it sees speeding or hard braking. As an example today, I was driving down the interstate and a piece of drywall flew out of the back of a vehicle a few car lengths in front of me, requiring a bunch of cars (including myself) to "hard brake". My Automatic instantly picked this up and from a back end system I had in place, it sent me a notification immediately (in this can an email - however it could be anything really from a text to a push to whatever really) using the data the automatic sent to it. Here is an excerpt of that information:

    [g_force] => 0.422
    [type] => notification:hard_brake
    [created_at] => 1514307910000
    [time_zone] => America/New_York
    [location] => Array
            [lat] => 32.829078
            [lon] => -80.029291

The message I got was:

"Ut oh Justin. It seems the brakes were used with a bit of force (.422 G Force - 13.504 Feet in one second) on the truck at,-80.029291 around 12:05:10 today."

There is more information that was actually sent, but the relevant information is all above. The time created_at is a simple UNIX EPOCH and you can offset it by the time_zone  (1514307910 converts to Tuesday December 26, 2017 12:05:10 (pm) in time zone America/New York (EST)). You also have the lat/lon of where the "hard brake" occurred as well as the g_force of the braking event itself.