Automatic Labs, a San Francisco startup trying to turn unconnected cars into connected ones, just got a distribution boost courtesy of Apple(s aapl). Starting Wednesday, Automatic’s Link vehicle-data-sniffing device will be available for purchase at Apple’s 250 U.S. stores and in the Apple Online Store.
For those of you unfamiliar with Automatic Link, it’s a $100 cartridge that connects directly to your car’s internal computer through the ODB-II port standard in all vehicles made after 1996. It then connects to an iPhone through Bluetooth, pulling all sorts of driving data into its app.
Automatic tells you how you’re driving – whether you’re braking too hard, accelerating too quickly or exceeding 70 mph too often. It records every mile you drive, generates a map of every route you take, and it drops a pin every time you park. It also does a rough calculation of your fuel economy and expenses…
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