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Meetings at the C.F.P.B. today are going to be awkward

Both Leandra English, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s deputy director, and Mick Mulvaney, the White House’s pick for interim head, have shown up for work. The deputy director of the financial consumer watchdog, Leandra English has sued President Trump over who will lead the agency on an interim basis. But for now, both Ms. English and Mick Mulvaney, whom the White House has picked as acting director, have shown up for work, according to CNN.

Increased Popularity of SUVs Sparks Conflict Between Car Companies and Dealers

Automotive practice group chair Aaron Jacoby recently spoke with the Los Angeles Times about how as the year draws to a close, new car sales for 2017 have been marked by demand for SUVs rising to unprecedented heights, while interest in traditional passenger cars has plummeted. The article also discusses how the shifting sales picture has created headaches at the retail level too. Many dealers have had to expand their physical footprint to accommodate new SUV models, while also saving room for the less-popular sedans.

Uber one step closer to its self-driving ride-hailing network once the technology is production-ready

Uber has announced a new deal with Volvo. Under the agreement, Uber plans to purchase as many as 24,000 self-driving Volvos once the technology is production-ready, putting the vehicles into its extensive ride-hailing network. “Everything we’re doing right now is about building autonomous vehicles at scale,” Jeff Miller, Uber’s head of automotive alliances, said in an interview. “We don’t know exactly how an autonomous world will look. But we know that we want to be the platform that’s at the center of it, from a ride-sharing standpoint.”

Tesla flying car? Elon Musk teases 'special upgrade' of Roadster supercar

Want to take your Tesla for a joyride ... through the air? In a tease that would be utterly ludicrous if it had come from practically anyone else, Tesla CEO Elon Musk hinted Sunday that a "special upgrade" of the company's new Roadster supercar may be capable of briefly flying. The first units of the Tesla Roadster, which Musk revealed Thursday at an event in California, are supposed to arrive in 2020 at a price of $250,000. He had already promised that the car would be the fastest production car of all time, featuring a top speed of more than 250 miles per hour.

Tesla's Semi and Roadster impress, but 'production hell' raises doubts about follow-through

Elon Musk’s reveal of Tesla Inc.’s electric Semi truck and Roadster sports car helped push Tesla’s stock up nearly 4%, but some analysts remained skeptical of the company’s ability to deliver on its promises. Heading into Thursday’s event, Cowen analyst Jeffrey Osborne said, many investors hoped to hear about the electric automaker’s ability to emerge from the “production hell” delays engulfing its Model 3 compact sedan. But Thursday’s event “offered no new nuggets of information to ease these investor concerns,” Osborne said. “In fact, [it] raised more questions than answers."

Richard Cordray Stepping Down As Head Of U.S. Consumer Protection Agency

Richard Cordray, the embattled director of Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, announced Wednesday that he will leave the agency by the end of November. "I am confident that you will continue to move forward, nurture this institution we have built together, and maintain its essential value to the American public," Cordray wrote in an email to the agency's staff.

Arent Fox Secures Victory on Behalf of New York Maserati Dealers

New York, NY — Arent Fox LLP is pleased to announce the firm secured a favorable decision on behalf of three New York Maserati dealerships. On November 10, New York Administrative Law Judge Walter Zulkoski of the New York Department of Motor Vehicles ruled that both Maserati’s new proposed dealer agreement and its new Commercial Policy Bonus Program are prohibited and a direct violation of the state’s law.  

Self-Driving Trucks May Be Closer Than They Appear

Trucks will someday drive themselves out of warehouses and cruise down freeways without the aid of humans or even a driver’s cab — about that there seems little disagreement. The question is how soon that day gets here. And while the answers vary — technologists, not surprisingly, are more bullish than truckers — billions of dollars and a growing parade of companies, from tiny start-ups to the country’s biggest trucking operations, are betting it will be here sooner than most people think.

Autonomous cars likely to transport elderly, children in future

Self-driving cars will change millions of people’s lives for the better by providing independence and mobility to those who can’t drive because of physical limitations or age. The technology will allow more people to live on their own terms and participate in what the most of us consider everyday life. “Autonomy promises better mobility and safety for more people at a lower cost,” retired General Motors chief of R&D and strategic planning Larry Burns writes in the first issue of Autonomous Vehicle Engineering, a new publication by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Wild West: Waymo Lets Go of the Wheel in Arizona

No driver, no driving, no problems (shoes and shirts required). Waymo has been testing its self-driving vehicles in Arizona since 2016, and the rollout of completely driverless cars in Chandler, Arizona now marks a major milestone for the technology and the company. Waymo intends to eventually expand fully driverless cars throughout the Phoenix area through using operators behind the wheel of some cars and mapping new areas of the metro to expand the range of the autonomous cars.