Getting Started With Automatic: Automate Your Life With IFTTT
Turning your dumb car into a smart car has never been easier. When you connect your vehicle to the Internet with Automatic, you can automate a range of connected devices that you use every day. And the best way to get started is IFTTT.
Let’s say Automatic detects a check engine light. IFTTT can recognize it and automatically make a task on your to-do list. Or if you have a Philips Hue connected lightbulb in your home, you can set it to automatically come on when you turn off your car in the driveway.
Click on the icon and you’ll be asked to “Connect Channel”. When you do so, you’ll enter your Automatic username and password to authorize IFTTT integration, and you’re off to the races!
IFTTT runs on Recipes. Basically if Automatic says something — like completing a trip or arriving at a specific location — it triggers whatever action you’ve enabled through IFTTT.
Let’s walk through making a basic recipe that sends you an email if you get a check engine light.
First, click on “Recipes” in the upper right-hand corner.
Then click “Create a Recipe”.
Click “This” and search for the Automatic channel, then click the Automatic icon.
Now select a Trigger. In this example, we’ll select “Check engine light turned on”.
Now click “Trigger” and you’ll get to the “That” part of the Recipe.
In the search bar, type “email” and then select the “Email” option.
Now select “Send me an email”.
In the “Complete Actions Fields”, you’ll see the Subject and Body are already filled out with the car, date and time of the check engine light, and the diagnostic code message.
Click “Create Action” and you’re all set. Whenever your car’s check engine light comes on you’ll get an email.
And that’s just a simple Recipe.
Thankfully, the vibrant IFTTT community has pre-created recipes you can enact simply by searching for “Automatic” in Recipes.
Here are a few — okay, several — of our favorites:
Play around with those and see how else you can use Automatic to automate other aspects of your life.