Will OBD Fusion Work Remotely?

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If I purchase the OBD Fusion app, will I be able to monitor vehicle data remotely when paired with an Automatic Pro?
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Hi Kelly. The OBDFusion data relies on the Bluetooth connection between the adapter & the phone so is only available to the phone that is set up with it and is in the car during a drive. Only the Automatic app data can be viewed remotely from another phone logged into the Automatic account setup with the adapter.
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Darn. That would have been a cool feature.

I thought the Automatic Pro indicated vehicle speed, but I don't see that anywhere in the iPhone app. How can I see the vehicle speed? Thanks Amy. 
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Hi Kelly. It does not report back live vehicle speed. In the Web Dashboard, after a trip has completed, you'll see some driving data for each trip such as the number of hard brakes or accelerations as well as the number of minutes spent driving over 70MPH on a given trip. 
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Why no live vehicle speed? Clearly you're tracking that information.
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It's just not a feature that's been built out -- likely for a variety of technical and business reasons. As I've mentioned before, Automatic was not designed to be a tool for remotely tracking other drivers so it may not have all the functionality you would want for that use-case. Sorry!
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Also, exceeding 70 mph is not very useful, unless the vehicle is used on interstate highways. I would much rather have speed alerts for regular county/city roads. :)
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We hear you, Kelly. We did have a weekly insight in the app for Automatic Pro on the amount of time spent over posted speed limits but it was removed because the new road data provider we had to switch to doesn't provide that data yet. We'd love to add that back in when it's available. 

The 70 MPH data is a legacy feature from our old product which included Efficiency Coaching and a Drive Score. These features don't exist in the new app for Automatic Pro but the efficient driving data just happens to show up on the Web Dashboard as it's still tracked by the API. 
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Normally, when a company switches services it's to enhance the product and/or improve customer satisfaction. This change has done neither and in reading through the comments has actually upset quite a few long-time users.

I really don't understand the logic behind this change.
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Hi Kelly. Please see this FAQ.
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Thanks Amy.

In reading the posts on this forum, it seems like a lot of people are confused about who this device is intended for. 

Its seems like a lot of your clients are purchasing it for teen driver tracking. While that may have not been its intended use, there is clearly a lot of interest. Something to consider as your company moves forward with it's business plan. :)
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