Automatic launches an updated ‘smart car’ dongle and third-party app gallery

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Automatic has updated its in-dash Bluetooth dongle and introduced a new app gallery. For the uninitiated, Automatic is a small plug-in device that communicates with your vehicle’s on-board system, then relates its findings to your smartphone via an accompanying app. The new hardware still plugs right into the OBD port in your car, but now offers bank-level 128-bit AES encryption for all Bluetooth transmissions to your smartphone. Each adapter also has a unique digital key to prevent unauthorized access. Automatic also has a crash detection system, making use of an accelerometer in the dongle to scan 360-degrees 100 times per second. It…

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