Car Tracking Service Automatic Shuts Down Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Rebates are available on a pro-rated basis until June 15th

Customers who own Automatic car tracking devices and pay for the service will be unable to use them after May 28, 2020.

Automatic app in hand in front of a car dashboard

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, people are driving less and leasing fewer cars as we all hunker down and stay at home. The Sirius XM-owned car-tracking service Automatic is shutting down as of May 28, 2020.

What is Automatic? The service, like General Motors' OnStar, provides emergency support, car diagnostics, and navigation via a little hardware device you connect to your automobile. The data is all nicely collated into an app, which lets you manage all the functions of Automatic.

Automatic says: "These are unprecedented times, and with so much uncertainty ahead, we have made the difficult decision to discontinue the Automatic connected car produce, service, and platform," the company wrote in a blog post. "We will be shutting down all operations at 11:59 pm, PT, on May 28, 2020, and as a result your service will end on that time."

Rebates: If you own an Automatic device, you may be eligible for a rebate pro-rated for the time you claim it. Head to the Automatic Rebate page before June 15 to apply.

Via: The Verge

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