Suggestion: GPS built-in to future adapters

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Hi -

In the future, would it be possible to build a GPS chip directly into the link rather than relying on phone's GPS? I think that could be much more reliable and also not drain phone batteries. I'm just curious if that was considered for this current version at all?
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Posted 4 years ago

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Michael Cook

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It might be difficult for the link, tucked down under the dash board, to receive signals from satellites.
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Ani, Customer Care Lead

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Thanks for the idea Todd! There would be some challenges to this like Michael said above but it would be a welcome addition for the reasons first mentioned.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Put GPS inside Automatic.


In case your car gets stolen you could track it with Automatic inside kind of like what Tile does with their GPS tracking. I think a lot more people would buy Automatic with that feature.
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Hi there Noah. Welcome to the community and thanks for idea. As you know, Automatic currently relies on your phone's GPS capabilities in order to capture trips, but this would definitely be helpful for a variety of reasons including theft recovery.
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There are some cars (Ford, Lincoln) that have the CAR GPS (if you have Sync) on the OBD port.  Can the Link leverage this?

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ajz-75u_7nEydFJxUG4yOVZ1NXJlcjNvdzdSTDdyY0E#gid=0
the above link is to a spreadsheet from Ford's OpenXC site listing what's available on the OBD port......
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Afraid not at this time. Though it may be available through the OBD port, either we can't decode it or we can but haven't designed for it. 
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I would suggest (STRONGLY) that Automatic join the Ford Developer Program and the OpenXC community and make use of that info.  There is a LOT of good stuff there. 
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Partnering with manufacturers could definitely lead to some awesome features and integrations that we can't do otherwise. You're certainly not alone in suggesting this. :) If we do end up partnering with any manufacturers in the future, we'll be sure to announce it.
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There are already standalone OBDII GPS tracking devices with built-in SIM card in the market. But their platform//app/functionality is pretty lame.  If Chinese can do it...

Just have a connection for an external antenna.

eg: http://www.ebay.com/itm/181962590242 and http://www.dx.com/p/heacent-908-quad-band-obd-gps-gsm-gprs-car-positioning-anti-theft-alarm-tracker-...

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