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Automatic Smart Driving Monitor Now Connects Your Car to Over 20 Apps

The new, second-generation Automatic hardware doesn't look much different from the first. (Courtesy of Automatic)
The new, second-generation Automatic hardware doesn’t look much different from the first. (Courtesy of Automatic)

(CNet) – Two years ago, the Automatic smart driving monitor launched as a sort of “fitbit for cars,” connecting on-board diagnostic (OBD) technology to the Web to present driving data in a way that almost anyone can understand. Today, Automatic launches its Automatic App Gallery, a sort of app store for cars with over 20 apps that work with Automatic’s hardware, alongside a new developer platform and second-generation hardware.

Third-party app integration is not exactly new to Automatic. The smart driving monitor already boasts integration with a handful of apps and services including Nest home automation and IFTTT. The App Gallery is a collection where all current and future Automatic compatible apps will be listed to aid in user discovery.

With the launch of the gallery comes a deluge of new compatible apps. There are nine apps for business, including Expensify, Hustlebox, and Concur, that pull trip data from Automatic to automatically generate mileage reports for easier trip deductions and expense reporting. Jawbone and RescueTime app allow drivers to keep track of how much time they spend behind the wheel along with the rest of their activity data.

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