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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise


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Robots weld the body of a Model Y electric vehicle at Teslas factory near Berlin.

The development of new battery factories and electric-vehicle plants is expected to drive the increase in automation.

Credit: Patrick Pleul/dpa/picture alliance/Getty Images

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

GM said robotic automation will help boost productivity and workplace safety.

The development of new battery factories and electric-vehicle plants is expected to drive the increase in automation, given that it is easier and cheaper to deploy robotic systems at new facilities.

Despite concerns about automated systems replacing human workers, automakers are expected to replace workers only when they retire.

From The Wall Street Journal
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