This is an excellent purchase for anyone that would like to integrate their vehicle with their smart home. Using IFTTT is a great value add that allows me the ability to control lights, my Nest thermostat, track mileage for work, understand fuel economy, and even track my vehicle location from anywhere.
The setup was fairly simple, but took a bit of extra effort to setup. I have two newer vehicles, and neither of them setup properly on the first try. The app walks you through setup, where you type in the PIN that's located on the Automatic (make sure to write it down before setup). I had to unplug it several times, finally getting it to properly setup with my car on (after I heard the audible beep after plug in).
The update process was a bit of a pin also, due to the fact that it has to reboot the device. This led to me getting a connection error during setup. I almost wish the update would happen after the full setup was complete vs during the middle of it. However, once I was past that the device immediately started tracking and syncing.
There are a few pro's to this device:
1. Free 3G subscription for tracking for 5 years (from date of activation). This means you don't have to worry about paying a monthly or annual fee to take advantage of all the features.
2. This afforded me a discount on my car insurance for both vehicles that had it installed, since I was now capable of tracking them. Your results may vary, depending on your insurance provider. However, it's worth a look. Depending on the discount, the device might pay for itself.
3. The ease of tracking the vehicles location in near real time (depends on the data connection). It's neat seeing your car moving along on a map when using the Automatic App. Plus, you get notifications of where you parked, when your car is started (great anti theft notification), and any time the vehicle is has a check engine light.
4. IFTTT: I can't express this enough. I love the fact that you can create so many different integrations with IFTTT and Automatic Pro. I use it to track mileage on a Google Sheet for every trip, and to note any engine lights that may come on. Plus, I'm now using it to pre-cool my home prior to driving off from work.
The only con's have to do with the setup flow not being perfect (your results may vary) and the app not having a logical way to add a fill up to track fuel use. Other than that, it's a a great add on to anyone's vehicle without expensive fee's or complicated installation for tracking. I loved this so much, I just bought another one as a gift for my family.
In summary: Great features, ability to track vehicle with app (from anywhere), built in cellular, no monthly service fee's, ability to connect to Smart Home using integrations or "Car Apps", and somewhat easy installation. Plus, I recommend calling your insurance provider to see if you get a discount on your auto insurance since it offers vehicle tracking.