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.
Alaska Airlines' plans to open a lounge at San Francisco International Airport builds on its growing presence at the airport and in the region. Alaska operates more than 80 flights per day at the San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland airports.
Southwest Airlines will begin serving Santa Barbara, Calif., this week with five daily nonstop flights. The airline also resumed service today from Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport.
Delta Air Lines Technical Operations is partnering with a new aviation maintenance program being launched by Marshall University and Mountwest Community and Technical College, the first such program in West Virginia. The program will provide students with technical education for jobs in the aviation industry. "We will support you with parts, we will support you with industry best practices, we'll support you with tooling, we'll support you with expertise, we will grow your curriculum, we will grow your students, we will grow your staff," said William Smith, Delta's learning and development director for Technical Operations.
Kansas City International Airport has named four public art projects that will adorn the new $1.5 billion terminal now under construction. The commissioned pieces include a kinetic ceiling sculpture comprised of thousands of colorful wind spinners and compositions that offer nods to the city's musical heritage.
The Transportation Security Administration is now allowing air passengers to carry full-size containers of sunblock in their carry-on luggage. Passengers must declare the item as they reach the security checkpoint.