Automate is very nice and feature rich (and it does provide Torque support similar way I'm bringing it to Android Auto). I had 2 problems with Automate, which made me switch to Android Auto about 2 years ago, and they are not addressed till today.
1) Google maps ins't really integrated, not the Automate developer's fault, since there is no official or real way to do that unless you are google.
2) Cannot control your phone calls from a tablet (or any secondary device)
If you are planning to use only your phone and want all in one solution, and you are ok with using Google maps as it's displayed in AA or use Maps in full screen normally, then Automate might be a better solution. I think AutoMate have done a great job in what Android Auto should have done in the phone version, I was quite disappointed with the phone version of AA. The projection mode of AA still rocks