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Sponsor: Automatic

Thanks to this week’s Six Colors sponsor, 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.

You use it with the free Automatic mobile app, which shows 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.

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

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