Automatic launches an app store for cars

Two years ago, Automatic released a $100 Bluetooth-enabled car adapter along with an accompanying smartphone app to give you all kinds of insight about your vehicle. You could use it to track your trips, figure out your fuel consumption, locate your parking spot and even find out what that Check Engine light really means. Today, Automatic is taking that whole smart driving assistant thing one step further: It’s opening an app store so that third-party apps can harness some of that same metadata too. And since Automatic’s adapter works with any car with an OBD-II (Onboard Diagnostics) port — that’s all vehicles built and sold in the US since 1996 — that means this store will be compatible with a great majority of vehicles out there. Likely one you already own.