Automatic Labs says its new connected car assistant transforms most vehicles into connected vehicles that deliver safety, maintenance and convenience features. And it does all that through an install-it-yourself adapter and mobile app.
The company also announced that for $99.99, its connected car assistant is available for purchase from Amazon.com, Best Buy and BestBuy.com, Crutchfield.com and CarToys.com, as well as at Automatic.com, and more retailers are scheduled to join.
The $99.99 purchase price includes three years of free Automatic Select service, which includes services such as crash alert and engine light diagnostics. Drivers also receive six months of free premium services such as roadside assistance and real-time location monitoring and sharing.
Most vehicles model year 1996 or later can be transformed into connected vehicles with Automatic’s adapter and app. Because of that, drivers receive access to Automatic Labs safety and convenience features, such as:
— Crash alert, which detects when a serious collision occurs. It allows responders to contact the driver, send emergency services, and get in touch with a driver’s emergency contacts.
— Roadside assistance, which sends towing and roadside services to a driver’s location when help is needed.—Real-time vehicle location monitoring and sharing, which shows where car is parked in a crowded lot or street. It can keep a driver connected with family while out on the road.
— Engine light diagnostics and vehicle performance monitoring, which allows the driver to gain insights on vehicle performance and identify issues when check engine light is on.
— Integration with smart home devices, which allow actions such as open garage door, adjust thermostat, and turn on house lights, on your way to or from home.
— Cashless toll payment processing, which is powered by Automatic subsidiary PayTollo, an Automatic subsidiary, which pays tolls on major toll roads and bridges in select states.
Automatic’s new service is also equipped to receive over-the-air updates. That allows the addition of the next connected car feature at any time with an in-app update.
“We are very excited to re-introduce the Automatic Connected Car Assistant to the marketplace for drivers at an affordable price and at many of the most popular retailers nationwide,” SiriusXM’s executive vice president and division president, connected vehicle Joe Verbrugge said in a news release. “Automatic provides safety and convenience features that seamlessly empower drivers of all ages and experience levels to drive with certainty and security.
“By making Automatic available to drivers on Automatic.com and at major retailers, as well as part of a service bundle offered at automotive dealers nationwide, we are bringing the power of connectivity to as many cars on the road as possible.”
In addition to direct-to-consumer availability, Automatic’s Automatic Dealer Program is a service bundle that automotive dealers can provide to consumers with their new and pre-owned vehicle purchases.
The Automatic Connected Car Assistant is powered by AT&T’s nationwide LTE-M connectivity.
The Automatic device collects detailed information about each vehicle’s geolocation, use, operation, performance and maintenance status in order to operate, maintain, and provide the features and functionalities of the Automatic service.