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By Jason Snell

Feed Sponsor: Win an Automatic Adapter or Get 20% Off

This week’s Six Colors sponsor is Automatic, a small “connected car adapter.” Automatic plugs into your car’s diagnostic port—every car made since 1996 has got one—and pairs with your phone. Data about your car’s performance can flow between Automatic and your phone, and even out to the Internet.

It connects your car to the free Automatic app, which helps you save money on gas, automatically logs your trips and parking location so you never lose your car, explains what’s wrong if your “check engine” light comes on, and even detects when you’ve been in a crash and can call for help and alert your loved ones.

There’s even smart-device integration, so it can adjust your Nest thermostat as you leave or before you arrive, connect to Philips Hue lights, and use IFTTT to connect with Google Docs, Twitter, Evernote, and more.

To enter to win the Automatic Adapter, use the widget below and enter your email address. Your email address will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winner and coordinate the delivery of the Adapter. You can earn additional entries through the widget. Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years of age or older are eligible to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

This contest will run from today (March 28) at 12:00 pm Pacific time through 11:59 pm Pacific time on April 3rd. The winner will be chosen randomly on April 4th and will be contacted by email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address. The prize will be shipped to the winner for free.

Automatic retails for $99.95, but readers of Six Colors also get 20% off. Automatic ships in two business days for free, and there’s a 45-day return policy.

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