There are apps such as "Dash" https://dash.by/index.html that give you MPH and show locations of gas stations near by. Why doesn't "Automatic" have this ability when other apps do this with generic OBD 2 devices costing as little as $10?
Good question, JDSwoop! Right now, it's possible for apps to be developed using our cloud APIs which pull user drive data from our servers, rather than from the adapter itself. At the moment, however, development isn't available for direct access to the adapter (via Bluetooth), but we are exploring this possibility. Most OBD device apps (those of which include DashCommand, Torque, and Harry's Lap Timer) fall into this category. Stay tuned :)
As you mentioned, there are cheaper options available on the market, but our custom hardware provides several advantages over generic OBD-II devices. Through both app and firmware updates, we’re able to provide increased security and a set of features that is constantly evolving. Check out this blog post to learn more about why we chose to build custom hardware.