For our next giveaway, we've partnered with Automatic, maker of the Automatic Link car adapter and companion apps to monitor your car's performance and usage. The Automatic Link adapter and apps debuted in 2013 and the adapter currently retails for $99 while the companion iPhone app is free. [Direct Link]

The Automatic Link plugs into a car's OBD-II diagnostic port and works with most gasoline car models sold in the US since 1996 (car compatibility can be checked here). Data is transmitted to a paired iPhone (or Android smartphone) via Bluetooth and requires an iPhone 5 or newer. The Automatic system can decode engine fault codes and track gas mileage and offer feedback to improve it. A Crash Alert feature can also reach out to emergency services or designated contacts through a paired smartphone in the case of an accident. The Automatic system can also keep track of where you parked your car.

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To enter to win the Automatic Link adapter, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will not be given to any third party and will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner. You can also earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, following MacRumors on Twitter, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page. Due to the intricacies of international laws regarding giveaways, you must be age 18 or older and located in the United States to enter.


This contest will run from today (March 20) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 12:00 pm Pacific time on March 27. The winner will be chosen randomly on March 27 and will be contacted by email. The winner has 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The Automatic Link adapter will be shipped to the winner for free.

Automatic is also offering a coupon code to MacRumors readers that will take 20% off all orders through their site. Enter the code MACRUMORS at checkout.

Top Rated Comments

r6girl Avatar
79 months ago
Not this again.
Before people get up in arms about this, it's for legal reasons best described in this response (https://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=20733806&postcount=17) in the thread for the first giveaway we did. We know that we have many members and readers outside of the US but there's simply no reasonable way for us to comply with the laws of all countries.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ArtOfWarfare Avatar
79 months ago
Not this again.

Not this again.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dejo Avatar
79 months ago
I have an old junky lifted jeep with ginormous tires. And no trip computer will calculate mpg right.

Have you changed your speedometer gear to account for the larger tires?
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
fzfpff Avatar
79 months ago
You must be age 18 or older and located in the United States to enter.
Not this again.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
larrylaffer Avatar
79 months ago
but in all honesty, I think their chirp for a hard brake is downright dangerous. In order to boost your drive score you don't want to hear any chirps. So if I you're an engaged user, thinking about your score, and the guy in front of you slams on the brakes, your score gets a negative hit even though you did the right thing and braked hard enough to keep from rear-ending the person. Same is true if someone cuts you off, pulls out unexpectedly, or otherwise drives erratically or irresponsibily.

That's a really interesting point. I wonder if at some point the DoT will regular this kind of stuff.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Astro321 Avatar
79 months ago
Or you can buy an ELM327 and Dash Command App

Or u can use this, or u can use that, or that over there. Isn't having OPTIONS a lovely thing?

Your snark has been met with more snark.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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