Welcome back to our weekly rendezvous with the exciting world of finance, where we break down the juiciest developments that are making waves in economies, markets, and businesses across the UK, US, EU and beyond. In this edition, we're unraveling the mysteries behind new financial regulations for European electric vehicle makers, Elon Musk's electrifying experiments with brain-computer interfaces, the Hollywood writers' strike shaking up the entertainment scene, and the heartwarming saga of firefighters coming to the rescue of confused Co-op delivery robots.

So, toss aside that boring spreadsheet, settle into your comfiest chair, and let's embark on this relaxed yet insightful journey into the finance universe!

New Regulations Could Cost Automakers billions

New Brexit trade regulations concerning electric vehicles (EVs) could result in a hefty £3.75 billion blow to European manufacturers over the next three years, warns the European Automobile Manufacturers Association (ACEA). These rules, aimed at ensuring that EU-produced electric cars incorporate primarily locally sourced components, have left manufacturers on both sides of the Channel unprepared. The ACEA cautions that these measures may slash EU factory output by up to 480,000 vehicles and ultimately burden consumers with higher costs, calls for a three-year delay in the implementation of these rules and appeals to the European Commission.

Musk's Neuralink Seeks Volunteers for Brain-Implant Trial

Elon Musk's Neuralink has initiated the recruitment process for its first human trial, marking a significant step in its mission to connect human brains to computers. The trial aims to test the technology on individuals who suffer from paralysis, allowing them to control computer cursors or type solely through their thoughts. While Neuralink has gained approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for this critical milestone, rival companies have already implanted similar brain-computer interface (BCI) devices in humans.

Hollywood Writers in Tentative Deal with Studios

Hollywood's writers’ union has reached a preliminary labour agreement with major studios, marking a significant step towards ending one of the two strikes that have disrupted film and television production, costing the California economy billions. The three-year contract, still pending approval from the Writers Guild of America (WGA) leadership and members, has been hailed as "exceptional" by the WGA, offering writers "meaningful gains and protections." While the WGA's strike resolution progresses, the SAG-AFTRA actors' union strike remains ongoing, posing continued challenges for the industry.

Confused Co-op Delivery Robots Rescued by Firefighters

As delivery drones and robots become more common in urban areas, an unexpected obstacle emerged in Cambridge when Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue responded to a derelict building fire. Fire hoses and engines blocked roads, hindering Co-op's delivery robots. These six-wheeled robots, designed for efficient urban deliveries, couldn't navigate over the hoses. Quick-thinking firefighters, not directly involved in firefighting activities, stepped in, expertly lifting the robots over the obstacles to ensure their deliveries could continue. The Co-op's delivery robots have been reducing car journeys in Cambridge since November 2022, with an average delivery consuming minimal energy compared to traditional methods.

That wraps up this week’s edition of LBA Lowdown, your go-to source for staying informed about the ever-changing world of finance. We hope you found these insights valuable.

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