We’re working hard on the Automatic Android app and are excited to announce version 1.1, which includes two highly-requested features:
- IFTTT integration
- Adjustable speed feedback
What is IFTTT?
IFTTT, which stands for “if this then that,” is a simple service that lets you create powerful connections between triggers and actions on the internet, like automatically turning your house lights on when you park by your house, or emailing your mechanic if your check engine light comes on. Read more about IFTTT.
A great example of the power of IFTTT and Automatic is the simple case of grocery shopping. We’ve all had the experience of getting home from a trip to the store, only to find out that our spouse or roommate needed something, but we didn’t know. With IFTTT and Automatic, you can prevent this by setting up a trigger which will send out a text whenever you park your car near, for example, your favorite grocery store. This gives them all the time they need to send you a request for that last-minute item. Try it out yourself:
Another good example is carpooling. Let’s say you typically pick up your spouse, kids, or friends every day on your way home from work, but despite your best efforts, you occasionally end up running late, leaving your carpool passengers scratching their heads, not knowing when you’ll arrive. It’s cumbersome to have to pull out your phone to email everyone in your carpool letting them know you’ll be late, but with IFTTT and Automatic, you can simply set up a trigger which will automatically email them whenever you leave work. This way they’ll always know exactly when you’re on your way! Give it a try:
These IFTTT recipes and many more, are listed on our IFTTT Channel. Check them out!
Adjustable Speed Feedback
One of the most popular requests from our customer community was to let users adjust the speed at which Automatic warns you that you’re driving too fast. Some folks wanted to avoid speeding tickets in states with much higher speed limits, while others felt the optimum speed for their car is different than the pre-determined 70 MPH threshold.
Keep in mind that for now your drive score is still impacted by how much time you spend over 70 MPH, regardless of your custom speed alert threshold. We’re already working on an update to address this issue, so stay tuned. To get to the feature, click the Profile screen, then Audio Settings -> Speed Feedback -> Speed Threshold. Note that this feature requires updated firmware.
We’re looking forward to delivering more features for Android users in the coming months. Stay tuned!