Automatic is out today with a new version of its Bluetooth smart car adapter at its lowest price yet. Automatic Lite retails for $79.95 and features subscription-free Check Engine Light diagnosis, automatic trip tagging, and gas price tracking for capturing business expenses. Automatic Lite connects to your car’s OBD (on-board diagnostics) port and connects to the Automatic app on your smartphone over Bluetooth.

The new Automatic Lite joins the recently introduced Automatic Pro (review coming soon) which features subscription-free 3G for cellular data transmission. Automatic Lite is priced $20 under the original Automatic Link (review) although you may be able to find the first-generation model for a discount if you look fast. The new Automatic Pro with free cellular connectivity goes for $50 more at $129.

Automatic Lite features most of the same features as Automatic Pro aside from certain features that require cellular connectivity. Automatic Pro includes these features that you wont’ find on the new Automatic Lite:

  • Crash Alert
  • Parking tracking
  • Live vehicle tracking
  • Event-based apps
  • Streaming apps

Automatic Lite Pro

Automatic Introduces Low-Cost Automatic Lite Adapter, Saving Consumers Time and Money on Maintenance, Gas, and Business Expensing

SAN FRANCISCO – October 17, 2016 – Today, Automatic, the company bringing the power of the internet into every car on the road, announced a new Bluetooth connected car adapter, the Automatic Lite, the low-cost adapter for anyone who wants to save time and money on their car. This follows the success of the unlimited 3G Automatic Pro launch earlier this summer. Like Automatic Pro, Automatic Lite is completely subscription free, and comes with Automatic’s free Android and iPhone app.

“The success of Automatic Pro shows us that drivers are finding incredible value in connecting their cars, but that many had specific needs that we could meet at a lower price point,” said Jerry Jariyasunant, Co-Founder of Automatic. “With Automatic Lite, we get to bring the power of connectivity to consumers looking to stop wasting money on their cars by helping them save gas, track their trips for expensing, and even known whether their car really needs a trip to the mechanic.”

Features include:

  • Making car ownership more affordable: If the Check Engine Light comes on, the Automatic app will help to diagnose what’s wrong. It explains to you what’s wrong in plain English and helps you find nearby mechanics if needed.

  • Expensing trips “automagically”: Tagging trips for business is a snap with convenient shortcuts. You can export your trips to a spreadsheet or create itemized expense reports directly with services like Expensify, Concur, Xero, or Freshbooks.

  • Tracking gas expenses: Automatic knows the locations and daily gas prices at hundreds of thousands of stations around the country, so entering your fill ups couldn’t be easier.

Designed as the companion for Automatic Lite, the beautiful new Automatic app for iPhone and Android puts a car’s data at the driver’s fingertips. The app wirelessly syncs with the adapter over Bluetooth when the car is on and the app is running so that a consumer’s car can seamlessly connect with the rest of their everyday life through the Automatic app ecosystem.

The Automatic Lite is the lowest-cost Automatic adapter ever, priced at $79.95. It will be available for sale at Best Buy, Amazon, and Automatic.com with no ongoing service fees. The app is available on iPhone, Android, and web. For more information, please visit www.automatic.com.

About Automatic

Automatic is the company connecting every car on the road to the internet and empowering drivers with knowledge about themselves and their cars so they can be safer and drive smarter. By pairing Automatic’s award-winning connected car adapter and apps for iPhone, Android, and web, Automatic helps customers drive smarter — with applications that diagnose engine trouble, detect accidents and send emergency response, and help customers save money on driving. The Automatic Pro adapter is a flagship adapter with a cellular connection priced at $129.95. Automatic Lite is a low cost option for consumers focused on trip logging and vehicle health priced at $79.95. Automatic is available for sale at automatic.com, BestBuy and Amazon with no ongoing service fees. Automatic was founded in 2011, and is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, visit www.automatic.com.

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