Automatic Teardown

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Apr 8, 2016 · 7 min read

Interaction with the car

To better understand what Automatic does and how it does it, let’s briefly review what cars look like on the inside.

Functionality

Automatic is not the first company to offer an interface to a car’s inner network. One of its main competitors is Kiwi, which offers a similar product. Kiwi’s app presents data on the dashboard, but does not offer anything beyond that.

Automatic differentiates itself by offering a more streamlined user experience and a whole ecosystem around the product.

Teardown

The adapter is fairly small and designed to be hidden from view when inserted into the port.

System Overview

While the division of PCBs was done to save space, there’s also a logical separation happening: the bottom PCB’s goal is to convert the myriad of electrical interfaces into an abstracted form, so that the top PCB doesn’t have to deal with it.

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