Automatic Labs' In-car Accessory Will Silence Notifications
Automatic Labs today released a version of its mobile application for Android devices for the first time. Automatic Labs makes a car accessory called the Automatic. It plugs into a car's data port and passes information about the car to a nearby smartphone via Bluetooth. Before today, Automatic was only compatible with the iPhone. Now it also supports Android devices. The plug-in and accompanying app are meant to give drivers more visibility into their driving habits and the health of their car. For example, it can provide feedback on rough braking, speeding, or fast acceleration, as well as trip timelines, actual mileage, and the status of the gas tank. Last, Automatic can automatically alert Automatic's agents in the event of a crash. The device has an internal accelerometer and can detect crashes. Automatic's agents can then contact authorities and provide location details thanks the accompanying smartphone's GPS coordinates. The Android application offers one additional feature not available to the iPhone: It can automatically silence incoming calls, messages, and other notifications so the driver remains focused on the road. This feature is called Do No Disturb. The Automatic plug-in works with most gasoline cars built since 1996. It costs $100. The iPhone and Android apps are free.
T-Mobile's SyncUP Drive Creates In-Car Hotspot
T-Mobile today introduced the SyncUP Drive, a plug-in device for cars that provides connectivity as well as safety and analytics tools. The SyncUP Drive plugs into most cars' OBD-II port and can be used to generate an in-car, rolling hotspot for keeping WiFi devices connected through T-Mobile's LTE network.
ZTE Mobley Hotspot Plugs Into Car Data Port
AT&T today announced the ZTE Mobley, a mobile hotspot for cars that connects via the OBD-II port. The Mobley is compatible with most cars model year 1996 and later and turns on automatically whenever the car is on.
Google Trips Refreshed with More Manual and Automatic Controls
Google today announced several new features for its Google Trips tool. Trips already will automatically create travel cards based on user emails with flight, hotel, and car reservations.
Android Auto Hits the Play Store for Lollipop Phones
Google today made Android Auto, its platform for connecting to car-based infotainment systems, available as an app in the Play Store. With the app and compatible car, Android smartphone owners will be able to access navigation, calls and messaging, Google Search, and their music through the car's screen rather than their phone.
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