Using Automatic With a Limited Data Plan

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One of my co-workers is considering buying an Automatic, however, he is concerned with data usage.

I tested a trip home from our office by starting my car, confirming cellular network activity in the Automatic app, then turned off Wi-Fi and cellular data. When I arrived at home, before turning my car off, I turned on cellular data, turned the car off and my trip was recorded with the correct path home.

I hope this helps those with a limited data plan.
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Thanks for sharing that, Timothy.

So here's how it works.

The Link and the phone talk to each other throughout the drive via Bluetooth. The phone is using GPS throughout the drive to capture trip data. Turning your cellular data back on at the end of the trip with the app still open then allowed the acquired data from the Link and your phone to get sent to our servers where it gets processed and then sent back to your phone. So yes, this can work. However, if you're driving in a congested urban area, you may have problems with the GPS tracking accurately without a cellular connection.

Here's a topic that explains how the Link and app work together in a little more detail.

Also, Automatic uses very little data. Here's a FAQ about that.

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