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Florida Dealers Clearing Debris, Opening Doors
USDOT Lightens Autonomous-Vehicles Guidelines
GM's Cruise Automation Touts Bolt EV as 'First Real Self-Driving Car'
VW's CEO Says Has No Plans to Divide Up the Group
Mercedes Plans Electric Option on Every Model by 2022; Smart Goes All-Electric
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Florida Dealers Clearing Debris, Opening Doors

Most car dealers in Florida are thankful despite scattered power outages, flooded highways, dinged inventory and facility damage in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. They know it could have been much worse. "When the storm came up the center of the state, that was a blessing," said Ted Smith, president of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association in Tallahassee. "It did not do as much damage as it could have."

It was a different story in Jacksonville. There, the St. Johns River flooded and about 150,000 people remain without power, said Tom O'Steen, co-owner of O'Steen Automotive Group in Jacksonville. He also is vice president of the Jacksonville Auto Dealers Association and chairman of the Florida Automobile Dealers Association. "Many homes had two to three feet of water in them," O'Steen said. "We had water in downtown Jacksonville with high winds. I had my shingles torn off."
Source: Automotive News

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USDOT Lightens Autonomous-Vehicles Guidelines

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao releases a new set of federal autonomous-vehicle guidelines for the industry and state governments to follow in the pursuit of bringing fully automated cars and trucks to the nation’s roadways. The voluntary guidance is considered more flexible than those offered under the Obama Admin. and appear to follow President’s Trump’s pledge to ease some regulatory regimes to stimulate the economy.
Source: WardsAuto

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GM's Cruise Automation Touts Bolt EV as 'First Real Self-Driving Car'

Cruise Automation CEO and founder Kyle Vogt is touting the company's newest version of its autonomous Chevrolet Bolt EV as the "first real self-driving car." While some competitors may dispute that claim, the head of the General Motors subsidiary bolsters his remarks by also calling it "the world's first mass-producible car" that meets the "redundancy and safety requirements" necessary to operate without a driver.
Source: Automotive News

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VW's CEO Says Has No Plans to Divide Up the Group

Volkswagen has no plans to follow local rival Daimler in considering changing the group's legal structure, its chief executive said, even as the company undergoes the biggest transformation in its history. The world's largest vehicle maker by sales said on Monday it was stepping up the pace on its electric car program, announcing more than $23.86 billion of new investments over the next 12 years.
Source: Reuters

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Mercedes Plans Electric Option on Every Model by 2022; Smart Goes All-Electric

Daimler AG CEO Dieter Zetsche on Monday said Mercedes-Benz will offer electric versions of all its models by 2022, while converting its Smart city car brand to become fully electric. Speaking at the company's investor day in Sindelfingen, Germany, Daimler said it will offer at least 50 electrified versions of Mercedes-Benz passenger cars in hybrid and fully electric car variants. In the U.S., Smart has gone all electric for the 2018 model year.
Source: Reuters

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"Many homes had two to three feet of water in them. We had water in downtown Jacksonville with high winds. I had my shingles torn off."

    -- Tom O'Steen, co-owner of O'Steen Automotive Group in Jacksonville, Fla., commenting on the damage caused by Hurricane Irma, Automotive News, Sept. 12

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