The Biden administration says it is willing to negotiate with Republicans regarding the $2 trillion infrastructure package, according to US Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. Lawmakers will begin work on the package this week; and Biden's goal is to be open to changes in order to gain bipartisan support.
SK Innovation and LG Energy Solution, both based in South Korea, reached a settlement to keep the supply of batteries for electric vehicles for Ford, Volkswagen and others from stalling. In a joint statement, the battery makers said, "We will work together to strengthen the battery network and environmentally-friendly policy that the Biden administration is pursuing."
Embark, a developer of autonomous trucks, signed an agreement with Anheuser-Busch InBev, Bison Transport, Mesilla Valley Transportation and Werner Enterprises to provide its automated driving system, equipped with its universal interface, on any of four major truck brands used by the fleets. Embark said the agreement "will improve speed and reliability for customers, as well as safety and work-flexibility for professional truck drivers."
Researchers in Australia developed a robot that can scale walls, drawing inspiration from the nimble lizard. "A lizard is a really good place to start because they find one of the optimal climbing configurations," said Christofer Clemente, supervisor of the University of the Sunshine Coast team that developed the robot, dubbed X-4.
CREAL, based in Switzerland, showcased its light-field display in a mixed reality demonstration that could be used in virtual reality headsets. The display can focus on any depth, unlike current VR displays that are limited to fixed-focus.
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The Biden administration's 2022 defense budget request will total $715 billion, a slight increase and lower than the funding level planned by the previous administration, which forecast a $722 billion budget. Republicans in Congress, meanwhile, are calling for a 5% increase in defense spending.
Collins Aerospace has been selected by the US Air Force to design a new wheel and brake system for the B-52 that will help extend the aircraft's service life into the 2050s. Collins will retrofit a total of 77 planes.