Posted by Jim Bolas
President Emanuel Panos chaired the meeting
Club Meeting Program Schedule
  • April 3rd – Spelling Bee – St. Louise de Marillac
  • April 4th – Club Assembly – Pancake Festival
  • April 6th – Easter Egg Hunt
  • April 11th – Andrew Seay – Managing Director – Little Lake Theater
  • April 18th – NO MEETING – Easter
  • April 25th – Tracy Walnoha – The Watchful Shepard
District Schedule
  • March 31st – Foundation Luncheon – Rivers Casino
  • May 9-12th – District 7300 Conference – Seven Springs
  • Emanuel Panos
  • Club Assembly  – Members are requested to e-mail their ideas and suggestions for next week’s Club Assembly to discuss improving future Pancake Festival performance.
  • Board Meeting – Short meeting to be held after tonight’s meeting
  • Tom Rohrich
  • Bob Williams Scholarships - $240,000 of scholarships have been given to needy high school seniors since the start of the program
  • Ray Kells
  • Easter Egg Hunt – Members are asked to gather at the renovated USC Rec Center at 8 AM on Saturday, April 6th to help spread the Easter eggs and set-up for the event. The high school has a sleep-over on Friday and the Interact Club students may not arrive early on Saturday.
Program Speaker – Tom Rohrich – Vice-President – Rohrich Cadillac – Autonomous Vehicles (AV)
Autonomous Vehicle – A self-driving car or driverless car is a vehicle that is capable of sensing its environment and moving with little or no human input.
The drivers for the development of AV are:
  • Significant vehicle-related deaths >80% caused by human error (over 37,000 in 2016)
  • Reduction of traffic congestion through “platooning”
  • Allowing disabled people to travel by car
  • Reduction in vehicular-related driving offenses allowing police to focus on crime
  • Allow more cars on the roads without increasing congestion
  • More ownership of vehicles in urban areas (Note: Millenials do not want to own cars)
  • Insurance rates may be able to decrease as AV becomes safer
The start of AV development was through the government financed Defense Advanced Research Program Agency “DARPA” program. Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) developed the 1st autonomous vehicle under DARPA in 1984 called Navlab I. The next model was Navlab II in 1990 with a maximum speed of 6 mph. A DARPA challenge was started in 2004 open to qualifying universities to develop AV which could travel hundreds of miles autonomously. The $1 million award was won by CMU. In 2005, 195 teams applied – 5 finished the race – Stanford won 1st place, CMU won 2nd and 3rd.
Pittsburgh is a leading city in America in the development of AV due to the technology leadership of CMU and the governmental support of Pennsylvania and Pittsburgh. Uber Advanced Technologies has chosen Pittsburgh to develop the AV technology.
The 2018 Cox Automotive Evolution of Mobility Study which is focused on how consumers and car dealers are thinking about the changing mobility landscape. The study’s primary findings are: (1) consumer awareness and desire for autonomous features have significantly increased, (2) 84% want the option to have a self-driving capability, (3) roadways would be safer if all vehicles had self-driving capability, (4) education of AV features is important.
Most automobiles on the roadways today have semi-autonomous features such as electronic steering and braking, parking assist, traffic jam assistant, etc. AV is becoming more possible because of the development of artificial intelligence, the rapid increase in computing power (now 300 trillion operations/second and the development of laser and sonar radar. Need government assistance in establishing rules and regulations for standardization and investment on infrastructure to support the use of AV technology (e.g. stop lights). One key technology which supports AV is V2X Communication (i.e. vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to pedestrian)
Cadillac has taken a leadership role in the auto industry in the development of AV through the development of its Super Cruise driver assistance technology. Have mapped 150,000 miles of U.S. highways to determine pavement and lane widths to guide their AV technology and have been able to have one of their vehicles travel coast to coast handsfree.