East Deer glass plant to lay off 61 workers in March, as shutdown proceeds – Tribune

A notice of the first round of layoffs at the Pittsburgh Glass Works plant in East Deer has been filed with the state Department of Labor and Industry.

The company will lay off 61 people effective March 18. This will be the first phase of the plant’s closing.

The automotive glass factory employs about 200 workers.

Pittsburgh Glass Works is a division of Mexico-based Vitro. The East Deer plant, known as the Creighton Plant, is one of the company’s eight automotive glass manufacturing plants in the United States.

“This is a partial shutdown now, and the full closure is in June,” said Jennifer Eck, director of human resources with Pittsburgh Glass Works.

The company announced in November that it would be closing the plant due to a “combination of difficult realities,” including aging

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Report: Tesla Ranks Last for Automated Driving | Greentech Media

Within the next year or so, Elon Musk says Tesla cars will be able to drive themselves from California to New York without any human interaction.

But Tesla’s automated driving system, Autopilot, may not be as ready as Musk claims.

The latest critique of Tesla’s Autopilot platform comes from the analysts at Navigant. The research firm just released a report on the automated vehicle market, and it ranks Tesla last out of 19 companies. 

“Tesla scores high for its vision, but they haven’t demonstrated the ability to consistently execute that vision,” explained Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst with Navigant Research and co-author of the report. 

The report features a wide range of players in the automated vehicle market, including big auto companies like GM and Ford, internet giants like Google’s Waymo and Apple, and ride-hailing company Uber.

Navigant’s report describes Tesla’s Autopilot technology as “dubious” at best. The latest version of the

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BMW windscreen smashed by flying CABBAGE | Daily Mail Online

  • Tony Eccles, 48, was left gobsmacked when the vegetable flew into his glass
  • It hurled through the air after falling off a tractor in Spalding, Lincolnshire
  • The IT engineer said: ‘It was absolutely terrifying, it gives you a real jolt’

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Report: Tesla Ranks Last for Automated Driving

Within the next year or so, Elon Musk says Tesla cars will be able to drive themselves from California to New York without any human interaction.

But Tesla’s automated driving system, Autopilot, may not be as ready as Musk claims.

The latest critique of Tesla’s Autopilot platform comes from the analysts at Navigant. The research firm just released a report on the automated vehicle market, and it ranks Tesla last out of 19 companies. 

“Tesla scores high for its vision, but they haven’t demonstrated the ability to consistently execute that vision,” explained Sam Abuelsamid, senior analyst with Navigant Research and co-author of the report. 

The report features a wide range of players in the automated vehicle market, including big auto companies like GM and Ford, internet giants like Google’s Waymo and Apple, and ride-hailing company Uber.

Navigant’s report describes Tesla’s Autopilot technology as “dubious” at best. The latest version of the

... read more at: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/report-ranks-tesla-last-for-automated-driving

UBI creates chance for insurers to partner with automakers …

UBI creates chance for insurers to partner with automakers
Lots of new cars now come equipped with connected features or advanced driver-assisted systems (ADAS) – and this is changing the way auto insurers handle policies.

Traditionally, auto insurance policies have been based on driver characteristics like demographics, personal information and history. With the emergence of usage-based insurance (UBI), insurers have started to incorporate driving behavior data such as speed, hard braking and other contextual factors.

As drivers become more aware of the benefits of advanced safety and connectivity features in new cars, this creates new opportunities for automakers to partner

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DOT looks to ease path to autonomous vehicle deployment with updated policy

Embark began on-highway tests, in a partnership with Ryder and others, last year in four western states.

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday announced the U.S. DOT is seeking public input on policies to hasten the deployment of self-driving trucks, buses and passenger cars, including vehicles that require no human input to operate.

In three separate notices to be filed in the Federal Register in the coming weeks by various agencies within the DOT, regulators intend to glean input from developers of automated vehicles, end users, the public and other stakeholders to produce what Chao dubbed the Federal Automated Vehicle Policy 3.0.

Autonomous vehicle technologies will have a tremendous impact on society in terms of safety, mobility and security,” Chao said in an address at the Consumer Electronics

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Dawson, Jr., John Stanley

John Stanley Dawson, Jr., 82, of Rochelle and his wife, Margaret Anne Estes Dawson, both passed away on Friday, January 12, 2018, in an automobile accident in Rochelle, Va. He was born on March 29, 1935, in Montross, Va., the son of the late John Stanley Dawson Sr. and Georgia Mann Dawson. Mr. Dawson graduated from Virginia Tech where he received a master degree in Genetics. He was the former owner and Geneticist of Fort Halifax Packing Company in Winslow, Maine. and former owner and operator of Novus Windshield Repair of Central Virginia also known as Dawson Family Glass. He is survived by four sons, John Stanley Dawson III of Williamsburg, James William Dawson of Boston, Mass., Michael Leigh Dawson and wife, Carmen of Glenn Allen, and Mark Andre Dawson and wife, Andrea of Rochelle; sisters-in-law, Rebecca Lea Estes Gore and Joyce Taylor Estes, both of Rochelle; grandchildren, Lauren and

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Chemically strengthened glass finds a new application

Modern bulletproof glass still relies on lamination. Also known as ballistic glass, the tough transparent armor, which fortifies vehicles used for transporting the pope, the U.S. president, and other dignitaries, often contains several layers of annealed glass bonded together with a film of poly(vinyl butyral), polyurethane, or other polymers. It can also be made from multiple bonded layers of glass and polycarbonate measuring up to several centimeters in thickness. Ballistic glass is strong, tough, and durable but much too heavy, thick, and expensive for mobile touch screens and ordinary automobile windshields. That’s where thin, chemically strengthened glass comes in.

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Price reduced for Redmond ranch near Westcliffe

WESTCLIFFE — If you want a home where the buffalo roam and a sprawling 55,486 acres of land surrounding it, Ranch Marketing Associates has just that for sale near Westcliffe. All at a “reduced” price of $49 million.

The Wolf Springs Ranch, owned by hair care mogul and Aussie brand founder Tom Redmond, originally was listed for $54.7 million in 2014.

“It’s a one of a kind ranch and, with its price point, it takes a unique buyer but I am optimistic that we will sell it this year,” said Ron Morris, a real estate broker who co-owns Ranch Marketing Associates. “We got very close last year.”

Even at its reduced price, which averages out to $883 an acre, the ranch is ranked fourth among the top 10 most expensive properties currently on the market in Colorado, according to PropertyShark, a real estate data provider.

Not surprisingly, five of the top 10 most expensive

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Trump administration releases proposal to allow workers to band together for health insurance

The Department of Labor released a proposed rule to allow workers to band together to receive health insurance.

The rule is in response to President Trump’s executive order intended to allow people to buy lower-cost health insurance that can circumvent some of the mandates created under Obamacare. It has been billed by supporters as allowing insurance to be sold across state lines.

The Department of Labor’s proposal, released Thursday, makes regulatory changes to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, known as ERISA.

The proposed regulation would change the definition of “employer” by allowing individual workers or small groups of people with a “commonality of interest” to join together, such as people who are engaged in the same kinds of trade or business. By doing so, they would be considered one large employer for the purpose of providing coverage.

Regulations currently stipulate that members have to be in the same

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