What is the Fuel Level Warning feature?

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NOTE: This FAQ pertains to the 1st & 2nd generation Automatic adapters only.

UPDATED 11/2016

Available for both iOS and Android on Gen 1 & 2 adapters, users with supported cars can now see their fuel level right in the app, along with an estimate of the miles left in the tank based on your driving habits. In our user research, people seemed most interested in the number of miles they had left in a tank (as opposed to gallons), so to keep things simple, we kept it at that. About half of the cars connected with Automatic don’t report their fuel level through the diagnostic port which means these cars don’t support this feature. There isn’t a clear pattern for which cars report their fuel level and which don’t and, unfortunately, this is a closely guarded secret by those who make money from selling this data. This means that the only way you'll know if the Fuel Alert feature will work for you is by setting up Automatic. In the User Profile section of the app, tap your car's name and then you'll see the "Low Fuel Warning" feature which will show as "unavailable" or give you the option to turn it on and adjust your settings.

Automatic will also warn you with a push notification when you’re low on fuel. You’ll receive two push notifications with sound (even when your phone is muted) in the following instances:

1) When your tank reaches the custom low fuel warning set by you (by default, this is set at 1⁄8 of a tank).

2) When your tank reaches 5% (this alert is not optional).

The custom low-fuel warning is user adjustable and isn’t tied to the indicator in the car at all. To set your custom low fuel warning, first visit the User Settings menu in the app. From here, tap on your chosen vehicle, then “Low Fuel Warning, and finally toggle on “Low Fuel Warning” option.  Use the slider to then set your custom low fuel warning, ranging from 1⁄2 to a completely empty tank.

iOS: To view your car’s current fuel level, click on the car icon in the upper left hand corner of the app. The red line indicates your custom low fuel warning. (Note: if you car is not supported, you will not see the fuel level feature after clicking on the car icon).

Android: To view your car’s current fuel level, click on the engine icon at the top of the app. The red line indicates your custom low fuel warning. (Note: if you car is not supported, you will not see the fuel level feature after clicking on the car icon).

IMPORTANT: If your car's fuel gauge and the Automatic fuel level do not match, pay attention to the one that is lower. We don't want anyone running out of gas! 

Vehicle Details Screen (iOS):



Low Fuel Warning Screen (iOS):



Current Fuel Level (iOS) (accessible by tapping the car icon):


Vehicle Details Screen (Android):


Low Fuel Warning Screen (Android):


Current Fuel Level (Android) (accessible by tapping the engine icon):
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