Workers at GM-LG Battery Plant in Ohio Vote to Unionize WSJD - Technology

Workers at an Ohio battery plant co-owned by General Motors Co. voted overwhelmingly to be represented by the United Auto Workers, bolstering the union as it seeks to solidify its membership amid the auto industry's push toward electric vehicles. Employees at the plant voted 710-to-16 in favor of joining the UAW. The Ultium Cells LLC plant, a joint venture between GM and South Korea's LG Energy Solution Ltd., began operations in late August and employs about 900 people. For the UAW, securing the right to represent the Ohio factory's workforce, which is expected to grow to 1,300 people, positions the union to expand its membership as auto makers prepare to open more than a dozen U.S. battery plants in coming years, labor analysts say. Car companies collectively are investing tens of billions of dollars to build cell factories that they plan to jointly own and operate with battery manufacturers, potentially creating more than 20,000 new U.S. jobs, mostly across the South and Midwest.

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Why you may never be able to buy your own self-driving car

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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class now has a model that can drive around totally unaided – as long as you are in one specific car park in Germany. It is an impressive achievement, but how far have we really come since New Scientist proclaimed 15 years ago that a fully driverless car "may not be far off"?

How Will Magna's Breakthrough Lighting Change Driving Forever?


Magna is a large Tier 1 automotive supplier that's invented an exciting new light technology for cars: Breakthrough Lighting. Besides its visual appeal and customizability, this technology promises to help self-driving cars communicate with pedestrians. But what is Breakthrough Lighting, and how does it work? Breakthrough Lighting allows lights to seemingly magically appear on a dark surface. Though the Magna Press Release focuses on the rear of the vehicle, this technology could be applied to any physically compatible surface.

The Apple Car project has hit some roadblocks


Apple has learned that building an autonomous vehicle is hard, even if you're one of the biggest tech companies in the world. According to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman, Apple is scaling back the design of its first self-driving car and even delaying the launch. The latest intel said it would be released in 2025, but now the vehicle will reportedly be delayed until 2026. Apple has been working on its secretive AV project, dubbed "Titan" for years. In 2021, details emerged about the vehicle's design not having a steering wheel or pedals, making it really, really autonomous as compared to other AVs like those made by Tesla.

Apple's car is scaled back - if it arrives it will NOT be fully self-driving but could cost $100K

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Apple's long-delayed and troubled car project has been scaled back - it won't be fully self-driving if it arrives in 2026. Known internally as Titan, the Apple car will have a steering wheel and pedals, according to a Bloomberg report, which is a step down from the fully autonomous vehicle the company initially had planned. The Cupertino, California company was first rumored to be working on an electric vehicle with all the stylistic notes and software prowess of its popular smartphones and computers in 2014. The new version of the vehicle will have self-driving features that can be used on highways and will be driven by a system codenamed Denali that uses a processor that's as powerful as'about four of Apple's highest-end Mac chips combined,' Bloomberg's Mark Gorman reports. Apple's long-delayed and troubled car project has been scaled back - it won't be fully self-driving if it arrives in 2026.

Apple's rumored electric car may not be fully self-driving after all


Apple isn't done scaling back its plans for an electric car, apparently. Bloomberg sources say the EV, codenamed Project Titan, is no longer a fully self-driving machine. It will reportedly have a conventional wheel and pedals, and will'only' drive itself on highways. The company has also pushed the launch back by a year to 2026, the tipsters claim. The rumored vehicle will supposedly offer enough autonomy that you can play games or watch video on the highway, but ask you to take control when it's time to drive on city streets or through adverse weather.

Futuristic cars according to artificial intelligence


These are the craziest, most futuristic cars created by artificial intelligence tool, DALL.E. DALL.E is a new AI system that can artificially draw some of the most realistic images based on whatever keywords you feed it. We plugged in some crazy search terms, like'armored Ferrari', 'off-road Bugatti', and'futuristic flying car', and this is what it came up with. While some are super realistic, some are just out-of-this-world bizarre. First, we asked DALL.E to show us what it believes the future of flying cars will look like.

VW teases second-generation ID.3 EV with design and tech upgrades


Volkswagen's electric car lineup is now mature enough that it's introducing second-generation models -- and it appears the company is taking some criticism to heart. VW has teased a redesign of the ID.3 that addresses complaints about the first version while upgrading the technology. The compact EV now sports a "matured" design with a supposedly sharper-looking exterior and higher-quality interior materials. Importantly, it's also more functional -- there's a larger 12-inch infotainment display, two cupholders in the center console and a removable luggage compartment floor. The tech may be the centerpiece.

Self-driving lorries hit the road in Sweden


Instead, the truck drives itself, and veteran driver Roger Nordqvist is at the ready only in case of unexpected problems. Swedish truck maker Scania is not the only auto manufacturer developing autonomous vehicles, but it recently became the first in Europe to pilot them while delivering commercial goods. "We take their goods from point A, drive them to point B, fully autonomously," Peter Hafmar, head of autonomous solutions at Scania, tells AFP outside the company's transport lab in Sodertalje, south of Stockholm. In the pilot project, the self-driving truck is manoeuvring a stretch of some 300 kilometres (186 miles) between Sodertalje and Jonkoping in Sweden's south, delivering fast-food goods. From the outside, the vehicle looks almost like any other lorry, save for a rail on the roof packed with cameras and two sensors resembling bug antennae on the sides.