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  • Crunch Report | China’s Didi Chuxing Valuation Hits $50B

    Didi Chuxing is valued at more than $50 billion, SiriusXM acquires Automatic for more than $100 million, Apple Music wants to be Apple Video with the next iteration of the app focused on video and Everfi raises a $190 million round. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

  • SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M

    SiriusXM acquires connected car company Automatic for over $100M

    SiriusXM has acquired Automatic, the maker of the Automatic Pro and Automatic Lite connected car OBD-II port accessories. The deal is acknowledged by SiriusXM CFO David Frear to be worth a little north of $100 million, and SiriusXM and Automatic both note in releases announcing the news that the brand will remain separate, and Automatic’s products and team will remain focused on the… Read More

  • Automatic adds another auto insurance provider to its list of partners

    Automatic adds another auto insurance provider to its list of partners

    Connected car dongle maker Automatic started out as a consumer-focused company that sought to help give customers more insight into their driving habits, with the aim of helping to gamify things like fuel efficiency, and generally offer up tips for improved driving. It was only natural that it would take its data-collecting dongle and driver improvement business and partner up with… Read More

  • The connected car and another fragmented market Crunch Network

    The connected car and another fragmented market

    As any new industry takes shape, technical fragmentation occurs. The connected car is new and hot and, like markets prior, there’s a huge land-grab unfolding in front of all consumers. It feels very much like the early days of smartphones: Everyone was trying to be a player. All companies built their own flavor of software and, as a byproduct, all hardware (smartphones) was weak, at best. Read More

  • Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter

    Automatic launches a new lower cost connected car adapter

    Automatic went for a more expensive, but more full-featured offering with the 3G-enabled Automatic Pro earlier this year, but the new Automatic Lite delivers a more affordable connected car device with Bluetooth connectivity, at a lower price point than any previous hardware they’ve released. The new Automatic Lite is $79.95, and will sell at Best Buy, Amazon and Automatic’s own site. Read More

  • Automatic Pro adds unlimited 3G to connected car gadget

    Automatic Pro adds unlimited 3G to connected car gadget

    The race for aftermarket smarts in your car is heating up, and Automatic is delivering an always-on 3G data connection as its move to race ahead of the competition. The Automatic Pro dongle, which plugs into the OBD-II port used for diagnostics on any car made after 1996, now includes 3G data connectivity, with unlimited usage for the first five years in the price of the hardware. Automatic… Read More

  • Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    Introducing Disrupt TV Live From Disrupt SF

    We’re just a week away from TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2015, and the TechCrunch video team has a packed schedule: broadcasting interviews, updates and all sorts of other great startup action live from the exhibit hall floor. Disrupt TV kicked off at Disrupt NY back in May, and we got such positive feedback we’re doing it again in San Francisco. Eh, we can sleep when we’re dead. Read More

  • USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    USAA Leads $24 Million Round For Connected Car Platform Automatic

    Automatic, the connected car platform whose sensor and app combination is sometimes referred to as a “Fitbit for your car,” announced this morning $24 million in Series B funding, led by the investment arm at USAA, a top insurance and financial services provider for military families, which today counts 11 million members. Also participating in the round were new investors CDK… Read More

  • Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

    Automatic Launches Its SDK, Turning The Car Into An App Platform

    Automatic, a startup whose sensor-and-software combo has been described as “Fitbit for your car,” is today rolling out a software development kit and new hardware that turn your car into a platform for apps. Read More