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You Can Now Hack Your Car to Post to Facebook and Instagram

•, By Joseph Flaherty
Automatic’s dongle plugs into a car OBD-II port, pairs with a companion app, and provides feedback to drivers in the form of 8-bit chirps that make even a simple grocery run feel a bit like a game of Spy Hunter. In a new partnership with IFTTT, almost any car manufactured since 1996 can be connected to one of 82 web services—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, SMS, among others—and triggered when the ignition is started, a trip is completed, the car reaches a specific destination, or even when the check engine light comes on.
“Your car is the most expensive computer you’re ever going to buy, and its not even connected to the internet,” says Automatic Chief Product Officer Ljuba Miljkovic. “It could be so much more useful to you if it was connected.”
The car won’t drive itself, but these mashups, or “recipes” in IFTTT’s parlance, could chip away at many of life’s little frustrations.

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