This is as forward-thinking as it gets in the automotive industry. AutoNation dealerships will soon lets consumers compare available inventory and vehicle specs at all dealerships, including inventory from competing dealers. Read the full story here. This is extremely compelling for consumers (who, as an AutoNation exec points out, can already access competitor information online – so why not put it in one place?) and hopefully signals a shift to more consumer-friendly sales strategies across the dealership industry in coming years.