Will the Automatic Pro detect a car accident while the ignition is not on?

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Hello, community.

Regarding the Automatic Pro, I park my car on the street for most of my day while I'm travelling from client to client. If my car experiences a major collision while I'm not in it, will I still receive the same notification?

Even instances where I'm sitting in my car writing notes without the ignition turned, I'd like to know that my Automatic Pro is still looking out for me.

Thank you, 
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Posted 2 years ago

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No, because the cellular (and GPS) functions only operate while the car is turned on. This is to prevent your battery from draining.
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Packet Guy is right again! (Thanks, P.G.)  Crash Alert requires the engine to be on and a connection between the adapter & the cell network to be established at the moment of impact.
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Wait, requires ignition on or engine on? In a crash severe enough to render me incapable of calling for help the engine most certainly will no longer be on. In fact, cars are designed to cut the engine in a crash.
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I believe (a) the accident alert would go out as soon as the g-sensor recognized a crash impact and (b) the ignitin has to be "on" in at least the accessory position, where the radios and Windows, etc, have power.
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I see. Thanks.
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The adapter will keep the 3G connection on for two minutes after the ignition goes off. 
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That's great to know. So does the adapter have an internal battery, and if so, can we check its state? Or does it rely on a superCap?
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Hi PG,

We don't expose the internals of the HW at the moment, but I'm super happy to see your interest in the subject (although I might be a little biased!).

Thanks,

Nick
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