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Topscantool.com had review a first generation Automatic OBD2 adapter. The original version worked fine except that I had some Bluetooth audio issues with Android/iOS phone. Today topscantool.com will be review you about the third gen version of this device the Automatic Pro 3G OBD2 adapter. If the new features make this adapter more desirable and if my OBD2 Bluetooth problems have vanished.
Best Function: Check MIL, 3G connect, Parking location
What is Automatic Pro 3G?
Automatic Pro 3G adapter is a OBD2 dongle that plugs into your vehicle is OBD2 port and automatically keeps self check of your vehicle is engine health, miles per gallon, car location, trip details, crash alert service and more. The adapter connects to your car via OBD2 port to send the info to the cloud and traking everything in the Automatic apps. Automatic Pro 3G works with most US vehicles(except electric cars) with model years of 1996 and newer are not supported.
Automatic Pro 3G Pros and Cons
Pros of Automatic Pro 3G
- No longer requires Bluetooth connection
- A lot of great driver data
- Always check the health of your car
- Probably never forget where you parked
- 3G service is free for 5 years
Cons of Automatic Pro 3G
- Not work with Wifi/BLE connection
Design and features
The Automatic adapter has not buttons or LEDs but inside is a GPS receiver and a 3G radio. Verizon, Sprint, AT&T and Tmobile are all in my area, with Verizon having the best coverage. I had no problems with the Automatic Pro 3G here.
Automatic Pro 3G doesn’t make much sense to discuss the adapter’s physical look. The app on the other hand is what we interface with, and it’s clear their team has focused heavily on having a high quality user experience that is easy to use with improved designs.
Installation and setup
A connector on the end that plugs into your car’s OBD2 port which is usually located somewhere under the driver’s side dash. If you are unable to figure out where the port is, you can always look it up in your car manual or find google.
Next step, you install the Automatic app on your phone and then follow the instructions which lead you through connecting the adapter to your phone. You’ll need your car keys to turn on the ignition to your engine, but you don’t have to drive anywhere during the setup process.
When setup, you will be prompted to turn on the crash report feature which is only available for people in the US. If you’re ever in a collision, Automatic will automatically contact emergency responders and your designated contacts to let them know you’ve been in an accident even if you can’t respond yourself.
Using the adapter and the app
Automatic Pro 3G adapter is installed and paired with your phone, you can start using it. The Automatic Pro 3G is one of those gadgets that you can forget about once it’s installed because you don’t have to do anything to use it. Automatic Pro 3G will automatically (see what I did there?) record your trip data when you drive.
Next, tracking your trip details, the adapter will record where the vehicle was parked so that it can help you find it later if are unable to remember where you left your car.
Should you buy the Automatic Pro 3G? Yes, without a doubt. This point we’re wondering when new cars will come standard with this level of data collection, let alone basic tracking and emergency features. For the price, you can easily start to shave dollars off of your gas per mileage, the price of advil you take after losing your car, and of course peace of mind or even easy tax documentation. We give the Automatic Pro a 4.5 out of 5, only because if you are not in an area with 3G connectivity (or someone decides to steal your car and go into the middle of nowhere) it won’t be all that useful. However, that is a risk that all IoT devices face in some capacity, and is becoming less of an issue as coverage maps continue to shrink. We think the Automatic Pro is an essential gadget for all auto owners.
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