Maybe you have an older car that’s not equipped with the latest safety and convenience features. Or, perhaps you have some onboard connectivity, but you want more. Automatic Lab’s might have a solution.
- Connected Car Assistant can add the latest cloud-based mobility lifestyle features to most 1996 and newer cars.
- Connect your car to iOS and Android smartphones along with smart home devices.
- Connected Car Assistant will call for roadside assistance or emergency response after an accident, track your car, log mileage, read diagnostic codes and more.
- The downside, the App could be mining your data and which could also possibly be sold to third parties.
Automatic Labs’ new Connected Car Assistant fits into your car’s OBD2 diagnostic port, found in the in the driver’s footwell, and interfaces via its mobile app with your smartphone. Once wired up, the app provides some very helpful utilities, including crash alert, roadside assistance, real-time vehicle location monitoring and sharing, vehicle diagnostics and performance monitoring, toll payment processing, and even smart home device integration.
The app connects your car to the cloud in an exchange of information. As we continue the march towards autonomous cars, this data sharing becomes essential for cars to communicate with each other.
For $99.99, Automatic presents a package with 3 years of free Automatic Select service and 6 months of free Premium service. Sounds like a sweet deal, doesn’t it? So, how does the company plan to make any money?
Here’s the rub. In order for the Connected Car Assistant to work, it needs to collect a lot of your personal data. That data is extremely valuable to advertisers and companies that want to target you to buy their stuff. By using the Connected Car Assistant, you’re handing over your data, which, Automatic could be looking to sell.
Nonetheless, Connected Car Assistant offers some compelling functionality that could override your concern about the possibility of Automatic selling your data for gain. Or, you might not care if your data gets sold, a lot of the data it’s collecting is already readily available to your cell service provider.
Connected Car Assistant will work with most vehicles model year 1996 or later. It can be purchased at retailers such as Best Buy and Amazon, as well as on the Automatic website.