Automatic Labs, the company that has made itself famous with its small box connected to cars, has announced its closure for the end of May. The boxes still in service will thus be disconnected on May 28.
In the email dated May 1, sent to its users, she mentioned the health crisis as being the cause of its closure. Users will have until June 28 to export their data.
" Like many other companies in the United States, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact on our business. With fewer consumers buying and renting vehicles and drivers on the road, unfortunately we see no way forward for our business. These are unprecedented times, and with so much uncertainty ahead, we have made the difficult decision to stop the product, service and connected car platform. We will close all operations at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 28, 2020 and therefore your service will end at that time. Said the company.
A very competitive sector
However, it seems nonetheless that the health crisis is not solely responsible for this closure. The company had also been bought by SiriusXM in 2017 for more than 100 million dollars. But thereafter, its development does not seem to have taken the expected prospects. In addition, more and more insurance companies are developing similar technologies, thus directly competing with Automatic Labs.
The box sold by the company made it possible to collect data on your vehicle, in particular its location, consumption, journeys made. Help in the event of an accident or emergency was also available.
A FAQ has been opened on the company's website explaining the procedures for obtaining reimbursement or for exporting your data. Users of this technology will certainly be disappointed and surprised that they will no longer be able to use this service, especially since its termination is quite brutal and unexpected. One more disconnected object on the market …