Really needs "What If" analysis on past trips

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After a small bump setting Automatic up everything has been running fine for about a week now, but that's the trouble, it's just "fine".

I'm not finding that Automatic really helps me improve my gas mileage. I take a look at trips every couple of days, note that I braked hard or was over 70mph for a while, and that's about it.

What I really need is some advice like "If you had had an average speed of 70mph for this trip rather than 75 then you would have saved this much money/gas and it would have only taken you X minutes longer to arrive at your destination", same for 65 and 60 so I can really see what the impact to MPG AND time to destination is and make a call if the trade off was worth it or not.

Average speed can be tough as my trips typically involve surface streets and freeway driving so maybe the analysis could just focus on freeway time, or any time where the speed was over the threshold where my MPG starts going down? Failing that, over a user defined speed.

I've got a couple of other suggestions that I'll post separately as requested but overall I'm struggling to find the value with the feature set as it stands today.

Justin
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Thanks for your feedback and suggestions, Justin. This is a really interesting idea and is indirectly related to a few other idea topics from our community. Here are two that come to mind (both of these ideas are currently under consideration):

1. Providing a graph that shows speed vs. MPG
2. Optimal time to leave home for the shortest commute time

I'll be sure to share your idea with the team. Instead of the "optimal time to leave", it sounds like you're looking for an optimal route that considers speed, travel time, and fuel efficiency?
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Hi Tom,

I wasn't really suggesting an "optimum route" (although that's an interesting idea), rather I was trying to have Automatic provide data about how I could have done better on my last trip and at what time cost.

For example, I take a 100 mile drive at an average freeway speed of 75 mph and for the sake of argument it takes me 75 minutes and I get 22mpg. The data on the "big three no-no's" are ok but don't really compel me to change my driving habits as I assume that if I drove at 65 instead it would have taken me 90 minutes for maybe a 3 mpg improvement - not compelling to me.

What I am looking for is an analysis of that trip (after the trip is complete) that says;

"If your average highway speed had been 70 mph, you would have achieved a 3 mpg (50 cent) saving and your trip time would have increased to 80 minutes"

"If your average highway speed had been 65 mph, you would have achieved a 5 mpg (75 cent) saving and your trip time would only have increased to 85 minutes"

"Your estimated optimum mpg for this trip is 30 mpg, your average freeway speed would have been 62 mpg and your total trip time would have been 90 minutes"

With this data I can make a value decision whether I adjust my average speed when I next take this, or a similar trip.

Heck, I might just decide that while I was short on time to get to my destination, I have a little more leeway getting back so I'll drive at the suggested optimum, bank the savings, and accept the longer drive time!

For me (and many others I suspect) this is far more compelling feedback to adjust my habits than "you braked hard twice and exceeded 70 mph for 9 minutes" and therefore more likely to result in me changing my habits, which is what we're all really after here I think right?

Thanks

Justin
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Got it! Thanks for expanding on your thoughts, Justin.
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Hi Justin, 

Thanks for the idea.  Sounds like a great way to help improve gas mileage, and we should find a way to enable you to get this analysis.  However, this won't likely come from our core application. Rather, it would fall into the category of things that we would enable other apps to provide you, using the drive data that Automatic collects through our APIs.

Cheers,
Adam

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