Most of us don’t have self-driving cars yet, but we can still live in the future. With the Automatic Pro OBD-II Adapter and Amazon Echo, you can talk to your car from the comfort of your living room. Find out where your car is, if you need gas, and how far you have traveled all with your voice.
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OBD-II adapters are handy little gadgets you can use to make your car smarter. If you are not familiar with them, you can check out our guide here. One of the most impressive ones we’ve tried is Automatic Pro, which can connect to 3G networks for free, locate your car even when it’s off your phone, and call emergency services if you’re in an accident. If you have an Amazon Echo, you can also enable the automatic ability to communicate with the car using Alexa.
To enable a skill, go to this Amazon page and click Enable Skill.
You will then need to sign in to your auto account to allow Alex to talk to your car. Enter the email address and password for your automatic account and click Sign In.
After that, you can ask Alexa a few things about your car. Here are the commands that work with Automatic.
«Alexa, ask the machine where my car is.» This command will tell you the last place where your car was parked. Unfortunately, if he’s currently driving somewhere, Alexa won’t be able to tell you where he’s on the road, but you can always get live updates from the app.
«Alexa, ask Avtomatik how much gas I have.» This will tell you what percentage of your gas tank is full. This is the most convenient way to check if you’re not sure if you need to get to a gas station on your way to work.
«Alexa, ask Automatic how far I’ve traveled in the last week/month/year.» It’s a little less practical, but still useful if you’re curious. Ask Alex how far you’ve been driving and Automatic will tell you how many hours and miles you’ve driven in that time period. Warning: It can be frustrating to find out how much time you spend sitting in traffic.
The Automatic skill is a little modest, but some of its features are exactly what you need from Alexa. The next time you’re leaving for work, you can ask if you need to fill up and adjust accordingly, or you can find out where your kids’ car is so you can get them to go home for dinner.