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U.S. Plans to Update Self-Driving Guidelines in Coming Months
G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves
Bill Ford: Autonomous Vehicle Industry Must Overcome Legal, Policy Challenges
Volkswagen’s Electric Effort Charges Up Detractors
Dealership Buy/Sell Action to be ‘Robust’ for Rest of 2017
Former NADA Board Member Larry Crnkovich Dies at 90
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U.S. Plans to Update Self-Driving Guidelines in Coming Months

President Donald Trump's administration will unveil revised self-driving guidelines within the next few months, the head of the U.S. Transportation Department said on Monday, responding to automakers' calls for regulations that will eliminate barriers and allow autonomous vehicles on the road. "The pressure is mounting for the federal government to do something" about autonomous vehicles, U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said on Monday in Detroit. However, Chao told reporters the federal government should be careful before setting binding rules to govern autonomous vehicles. "We don't want rules that impede future technological advances," Chao said.
Source: Reuters

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G.M. Wants to Drive the Future of Cars That Drive Themselves

The chief executive of General Motors, an automaker synonymous with Detroit, saw the future of driving not in the Motor City but on the streets of San Francisco. Mary T. Barra, a G.M. lifer who had worked her way from engineer to the top, was in the back seat of a prototype self-driving electric car as it wound its way through the city’s downtown a year ago. She wanted to see for herself whether automation was ready to take over from a driver — safely, and on a mass scale. How would it react, for example, when it reached an intersection as a light turned yellow?
Source: The New York Times

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Bill Ford: Autonomous Vehicle Industry Must Overcome Legal, Policy Challenges

Developing hardware and software to run self-driving vehicles will be easy compared to the regulations, ethics, infrastructure and workforce retraining required to support and deal with the pending transformation of personal transportation, Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford said Monday. The automaker has made mobility a strategic focus in recent years as new technologies emerge, consumer lifestyles change and society embraces sustainability initiatives.
Source: Automotive News

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Volkswagen’s Electric Effort Charges Up Detractors

State officials, car makers raise concerns over VW’s plan to build network of charging stations in the U.S.

Several state officials and auto makers are pillorying Volkswagen's plan to sell battery juice to Americans driving electric cars, contending the project more resembles an unfair government-backed windfall than penance for cheating on emissions tests. The German auto giant will build an extensive network of charging stations in the U.S. in coming years, part of a $2 billion, decade-long promotion of environmentally friendly transportation in a market where electric cars are unpopular. The commitment is part of a broader settlement with government officials and consumers after Volkswagen admitted to installing illegal software on nearly 600,000 diesel-powered vehicles in the U.S. that duped emissions tests.
Source: The Wall Street Journal

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Dealership Buy/Sell Action to be ‘Robust’ for Rest of 2017

While differing on how first-quarter activity unfolded, both Kerrigan Advisors and Haig Partners shared upbeat assessments of dealership buying and selling activity for the rest of 2017 as each used the adjective, "robust."
Source: Auto Remarketing

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Former NADA Board Member Larry Crnkovich Dies at 90


Larry Crnkovich passed away on June 1, 2017, in Blackfoot, Idaho. He served on NADA's board of directors from Feb. 1988 to Feb. 1991 representing Idaho. He began selling cars in 1951 and built dealerships in Pocatello, Soda Springs, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls. Crnkovich was a recognized business leader and served as president and director of many local and national boards, including the Idaho Automobile Dealers Association, Lions Club, Rotary Club, Blackfoot and Idaho Falls Chambers of Commerce, Eastern Idaho Technical College, Ford Dealer Council, National Ford Dealer Council and Blackfoot City Council.

He received numerous professional honors and accolades, such as TIME Dealer of the Year, Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary and awards from Ford Motor Company and Toyota. He is survived by his wife; his four children, including his son, Mont Crnkovich, who currently serves as a NADA board member representing Idaho, and their spouses; and 11 grandchildren. He was born on Jan. 22, 1927 in Tendoy, Idaho, the eighth child of Croatian immigrant parents. Condolences can be sent to www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.  
Source: NADA

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"We are very, very serious and intent on putting something on the road. We definitely want to be first."

    -- Mary Barra, chief executive of General Motors, commenting on the company’s plan for automated vehicles, The New York Times, June 4

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