Make your car smart with Automatic’s most affordable device yet

automatic lite device less obd port 2
By now, you’ve probably seen, or at least heard of, Automatic, a firm that is working to add smart technology to older cars with the help of a little device that plugs into your vehicle’s diagnostics port.

Earlier this year, Automatic released Automatic Pro, its most advance device yet, which added 3G connectivity to the already impressive lineup of features seen in its predecessor. At $130 though, the device was a bit pricier than previous generations, and not everyone needs the fancy features. For some, logging your miles and keeping up with detailed fuel mileage is more than enough.

For that reason, Automatic has released Automatic Lite, a more affordable option that drops application support and a few other features as a trade-off for a more affordable price point.

automatic-lite-3

Automatic says the device is brand new, but you wouldn’t notice if from the looks of it — or even the capabilities. Automatic Lite features the same white and silver design as the first and second generation of Automatic devices and seems to have practically identical features.

When connected to its iOS or Android app and plugged into your vehicle’s OBD II port, Automatic Lite decodes engine issues in plain English, breaks down fuel usage, and tracks your mileage for either personal or business use.

automatic-lite-1

As seen in the above comparison, it doesn’t feature the 3G connectivity or integrated app support. But at $80, a full $40 cheaper than it’s Pro counterpart, it represents a considerably fair trade-off.

If all you’re looking to do is keep your business miles separate from your personal miles, or get better stats on your vehicle’s fuel consumption, the Automatic Lite is your way to go. As we’ve said before, it’s essentially a FitBit for your car.

Once it’s in place, you’ll hardly notice it’s there and for $80, it’ll likely pay for itself over time by making you more aware of your driving habits and how they affect fuel use.

To order an Automatic Lite and to find out more, you can head on over to its product page.

Home Theater

Learn how to calibrate your home theater speakers for sheer audio bliss

Make your home theater rumble just right with our manual speaker setup guide, a simple, step-by-step walkthrough to getting the most from your audio equipment without needing to rely on imperfect automatic calibration.
Cars

Want to keep connected on the road? Here are 5 ways to add Bluetooth to your car

The best way to make an old ride feel young again is to bring it up speed with the 21st century. Here's how to properly add Bluetooth to your vehicle, via independent kits, vehicle adapters, or aftermarket head units.
Deals

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Deals

The best MacBook deals for November 2018

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Cars

Our favorite fuel-efficient cars are as frugal as they are fun

You don't need to opt for a hybrid or an all-electric ride in order to achieve good fuel economy. These vehicles pack both performance and style, whether you're in the market for a luxury sedan or a game-changing pickup truck.
Cars

Out of juice? Learn how to jump-start a car with this quick guide

Jumping a car is a simple procedure, but not everyone knows how to properly do so. To make things easier, we've put together a quick-hit guide on how to fire up your vehicle using jumper cables and a second power source.
Cars

Many adults believe fully self-driving cars are already traversing U.S. highways

The American Automobile Association tested cars with features such as lane-keeping and adaptive cruise control and found them lacking in real-world conditions. Forty percent of surveyed U.S. adults think self-driving cars exist now.
Cars

Born to run (forever): The most reliable cars you can buy right now

We all dread the thought of our car turning into a money pit, but choosing a dependable vehicle from the start can help us rack up countless care-free miles. Here, we've rounded up some of the most reliable cars available.
Cars

Prep your car for the coming snow and sleet with these cold weather tips

Driving in the winter, whether downtown or across the country, is rarely easy. Luckily, we've put together a quick rundown of a few things you should do to winterize your car before the snow officially hits.
Digital Trends Live

DT Daily: Waymo’s driverless cars, ‘Fallout 76’ tips, and Racella

In today's episode of DT Daily, we discuss Waymo's foray into the ridesharing sector, along with various tips for making the most of the recently launched Fallout 76. We also sit down with singer Racella to chat about her new EP, Waves.
Cars

Jeep’s outdoorsy Gladiator pickup truck bares it all ahead of schedule

Jeep will introduce the long-promised Wrangler-based pickup truck at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Named Gladiator, the model was designed to conquer the great outdoors, not for the construction site.
Cars

The hamster-friendly 2020 Kia Soul will rock out at the Los Angeles Auto Show

Kia has released a teaser image to preview the next Soul. Scheduled to make its debut at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2020 Soul will keep the outgoing model's boxy proportions but it will wear a sharper design.
Cars

2020 Toyota Corolla sedan aims to offer sharper handling, better tech

The 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan gets the same upgrades as the recently-introduced Corolla hatchback, including a firmer foundation, new engine, and more tech features. Will that be enough to keep the long-lived Corolla nameplate relevant?
Cars

Startup Rivian exits stealth mode with a bold promise to electrify off-roaders

Electric car startup Rivian has finally turned off stealth mode and provided details about what it's been working on since 2009. It will build battery-powered off-roaders instead of taking on Tesla and others in the luxury EV segment.