App notification when you leave your car engine running and walk out of Bluetooth range

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I am not sure if anybody faced this, but it happened to me a lot. Sometime when I am busy or in hurry I try to turn off my engine (using start/stop button in T&C 2012) by button and somehow button does not press well and I get out of car thinking that car engine was shut down (even cars locks down very well with remote but engine it still running), but it keeps running. I realized this happened multiple times when I left it running for 2-3 hours, I know it's too bad. Here Automatic app could save and notify me if I go out of range from car and engine was running, may be an alarm sound and telling me a message like "your car engine is still running". would be a great help. Thanks!
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Tom, Former Employee

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Thanks for the idea arckal!
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Hi arckal. We recently discussed this idea here at Automatic, and I wanted to provide a follow up for you. Right now, we do send a notification when your phone disconnects from your Link. So technically, if you leave your car's ignition running and walk far enough away from the Link (and thus lose the Bluetooth connection between the Link and your phone), you should receive this notification.

Have you ever see this message before?
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I never saw it, when it was released? 
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Hi arckal. I checked on this and the notification has been available since the introduction of Connection Tone (August). You may want to verify that notifications are turned on for you. You can toggle them on/off by navigating to Settings > Notifications. Here’s a screenshot of the notifications screen: 

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Tom, I was also wondering about losing connectivity, like in the cold morning, letting the car warm up before I start my trip, I'll go back in the house for 5min or so. Will the app record my "trip" properly even if it's lost connection? 
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Good question, Seth. If you start your car & connect to the Link, walk back inside to warm up, and then return to your car, the phone should be able to re-establish the Bluetooth connection with the Link. We do, however, recommend that you reopen the app upon returning your car. This can help to "jumpstart" the re-connect.
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Great, thanks for that awesome answer, Tom; completely answered my question :) I'll make sure to open the app on my 2nd trip to the warm car :)
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I checked, it's turned on since beginning. But I never saw the "Disconnected" message on lock screen ever!
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Well darn. Do you have Connection Tone enabled as well? I'll check with our developers to see if that also has to be enabled in order to receive the notification. 
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I need the opposite, if my car is running and dies can I be notified? Would be useful so we could leave the dogs in the car with A/C running during quick errands. Notification would be extra piece of mind that the dogs are safe. If Automatic doesn't offer this any other ideas?
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Hi there, Rob. You could set up an IFTTT recipe to receive a text message/notification when an "ignition off" event occurs, but in order for the notification to be sent to you, your phone would need to be within Bluetooth range of your vehicle. This is because the adapter doesn't have its own data/cellular connection, so it depends on your phone for this capability.

Here's a link to a related IFTTT recipe that sends a notification (iOS) when your car's ignition is turned off.
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Thanks for the feedback Tom!

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