Aptiv-Hyundai Motor Group joint venture rebrands as Motional 

The Boston-based joint venture between self-driving vehicle company Aptiv and Hyundai Motor Group is ramping up hiring in Boston, saying that the pandemic spurs a renovated interest in autonomous means of transportation.

Source: Aptiv-Hyundai Motor Group joint venture rebrands as Motional, hires in Boston – Boston Business Journal

COVID-19: FDA Opens Door for Rapid At-Home Testing

iRobot gets temporary extension of Chinese tariff exemption 

Bedford-based iRobot Corp. breathed a sigh of relief this week with the news that China tariffs won’t raise the costs of the company’s signature cleaning robots. At least, not yet.

Source: iRobot gets temporary extension of Chinese tariff exemption – Boston Business Journal

BAE Systems completes acquisition of military GPS business 

BAE Systems has completed its acquisition of the Collins Aerospace Military Global Positioning System business from Raytheon Technologies Corporation, bringing decades of experience, innovative technology, and an extensive installed base of products to the company.

Source: BAE Systems completes acquisition of military GPS business | Aerotech News & Review

Army Starts Construction On Prototype Lasers 

WASHNGTON: After years of lower-power field tests and more than one thousand hours of soldier feedback, the Army is on track to field-test two different types of high-energy lasers in 2022: a 50-kilowatt weapon to destroy enemy drones and incoming artillery rockets, and a 300-kW weapon that could potentially shoot down cruise missiles.

Source: Army Starts Construction On Prototype Lasers « Breaking Defense – Defense industry news, analysis and commentary

Raytheon to maintain DBR radar until EASR comes onboard

WASHINGTON – Shipboard radar experts at Raytheon Technologies Corp. will continue supporting an expensive surface-search radar system for large U.S. Navy warships until a suitable replacement comes online, under terms of a $9.7 million order announced Friday.

Source: radar shipboard replacement parts | Military & Aerospace Electronics

Taiwan can supply 90% of key technologies for space industry

Taiwan’s ecosystem is able to supply 90% of the key technologies needed to support development of a space industry, according to Lin Chun-liang, director general for National Space Organization under National Applied Research Laboratories (NARLabs).

Source: Taiwan can supply 90% of key technologies for space industry

FDA opens door to rapid, at-home screening for COVID-19

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday opened the door to COVID-19 testing that could be fast, cheap, and handled entirely at home — if companies don’t find the rules too burdensome.

Source: FDA opens door to rapid, at-home screening for COVID-19

Locus Robotics raises $40 million to take its warehouse robots global 

Warehouse robotics startup Locus Robotics today announced it has raised $40 million, the bulk of which will be put toward accelerating R&D and the company’s expansion into new markets, including in the EU, where it opened a new headquarters. CEO Rich Faulk says Locus also intends to launch strategic reseller partnerships throughout 2020, following a year in which its number of customer deployments passed 50.

Source: Locus Robotics raises $40 million to take its warehouse robots global | VentureBeat

Electronics Manufacturing Industry Applauds Congressional Actions

IPC, the global electronics manufacturing association, applauds leaders in the U.S. Senate and House for approving IPC-backed measures that will bolster the resiliency and security of the U.S. defense electronics industrial base.

Source: Electronics Manufacturing Industry Applauds Congressional Actions

Bringing self-driving car technology to space satellites 

AImotive is collaborating with C3S, a satellite and space technology provider, to create a prototype hardware platform for satellites using self-driving car technology and artificial intelligence (AI).

Source: Bringing self-driving car technology to space satellites | Engineering360

Abbott’s COVID-19 tests did the heavy lifting in Q2

Abbott’s second-quarter earnings showed a mixed bag with pandemic disruptions on the medical device side of the business, and sales of COVID-19 tests driving growth for the diagnostic side.

Source: Abbott’s COVID-19 tests did the heavy lifting in Q2