Drive Time


A simple, new device called Automatic helps you connect with and understand your car better. A small, USB-like component easily connects with the onboard computer of any car sold in the US since 1996, and then connects wirelessly with your smartphone. Every time you drive, Automatic provides you with feedback, showing infographically where you went, how long it took, and a fuel efficiency rating. It gives tips on improving gas usage, even providing info on how much you spent. Using your phone’s GPS, Automatic also locates your car when parked, and contacts authorities and family when in an accident.