The automotive industry is graduating to new heights this week! State regulations are teaching dealers a lesson in consumer privacy, while Ford is mastering factory robotics and Mercedes-Benz studies hard to ace sustainable mobility.
FROM AUTOMOTIVE NEWS: Public Dealership Groups: Small in Number, Huge in Clout
The country’s six public auto groups, together making up 6.5% of new-vehicle sales, are using their leadership role to guide smaller, independent counterparts in the midst of unfolding mobility advancements.
FROM WARDS AUTO: Customer Privacy Laws Get Tougher, State by State
States have begun rolling out regulations requiring dealerships and third-party vendors to strengthen consumer data protection and prioritize security breach prevention.
FROM AUTOMOTIVE IT: Ford Trials Self-Driving Factory Robot
The parts-delivery robot has performed without incident for nearly a year thanks to navigation sensors, saving its coworkers up to 40-employee hours a day and foreshadowing the possibilities of self-driving technology.
FROM CNN: Mercedes-Benz’s Aggressive Climate Pledge: All Cars Will Be Carbon-Neutral by 2039
The manufacturer’s strategy to combat climate change with sustainable mobility starts by cutting combustion engine production in half and converting factory energy to wind power.