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Future of Transportation: Don’t Turn in Your Car Keys Yet!
We’ve all seen TV and other media coverage of new self-driving cars – so called “autonomous vehicles.” How quickly will these vehicles be adopted, along with “connected vehicles” – computer-control and signaling between vehicles. Will we be throwing away our car keys? Will we even own cars? In this lecture series, experts will offer an overview of the development and potential of these new vehicles, especially given the national need to increase auto safety and to conserve energy and curb carbon emissions. Speakers will describe what can go wrong with these vehicles – problems of reliability, weather extremes, hacking, and privacy. They’ll describe work at University of Michigan’s M-City vehicle test facility in conjunction with various auto manufacturers. Speakers will also discuss “multi-modal” transportation systems of the future that will combine small vehicles with bus and rail components, plus multi-modal systems being planned for Southeastern Michigan. Finally, the series will examine the general social impact of future transportation systems – the ways they’ll affect our daily lives, and if/how these new systems will make rural, urban, and suburban life better. Six lectures: January 5: Overview and Kick-Off: Transforming Mobility -- The Signal in the Noise January 12: The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology-Enabled January 19: Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, and the Future January 26: Safety of Autonomous Vehicles: Technology and Policy February 2: Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban / Suburban / Rural Life February 9: The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here? Members interested in this lecture series may also be interested in the OLLI Out of Town event: "Transportation: Today and Tomorrow", a tour of the Ford Rouge Factory and a visit to the Auto Show at Cobo Hall, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, 8:30 am to 7:00 pm. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Detailed descriptions January 5: Overview and Kick-Off: Transforming Mobility -- The Signal in the Noise, by Lawrence D. "Larry" Burns, Ph.D. Dr. Lawrence D. "Larry " Burns is former corporate vice-president of Research, Development, and Planning at General Motors. Burns oversaw GM's advanced technology, innovation program, and corporate strategy. He was a member of GM's Automotive Strategy and Automotive Product Boards. Within GM, he personally championed vehicle electrification, "connected" vehicles, fuel cells, bio-fuels, advanced batteries, autonomous driving, and innovative concept vehicles. He is a co-author of "Reinventing the Automobile: Personal Urban Mobility for the 21st Century. " Speaker's Synopsis: New technology and business models are converging to transform the way people and goods move around and interact. It is now possible to supply better mobility at a significantly lower cost to consumers and society by innovatively combining connected, coordinated, driverless, shared, and tailored vehicles. Individually, each of these building blocks promises incremental improvements over today's road transportation system. When combined to enhance the mobility experiences of consumers, the improvements are radical and the changes are transformational. January 12: The New World of Transportation: Connected, Multi-Modal, and Information-Technology-Enabled, by Susan Zielinski, Ph.D. Dr. Susan Zielinski is Managing Director of SMART (Sustainable Mobility & Accessibility Research & Transformation), a division ofU-M's Transportation Research Institute. SMART'S mission is to advance sustainable transportation systems in an urbanizing world and the industiy and enterprise that will supply them. SMART is involved in projects around the world. Dr. Zielinski previously spent fifteen years as a transportation planner for the City of Toronto and was a Harvard Loeb fellow in 2004-2005. Speaker's Synopsis: Transportation is now transforming towards connected, multi modal, IT-enabled "mobility-as-a-service," providing people with a wider and more sustainable range of options on demand. Multi-modal systems integrate different modes of transportation, i.e. combinations of cars and trucks (including autonomous and connected vehicles), bus, rail, and air transport. Individuals and goods travel via several of these components in route to their destinations. January 19: Automated and Connected Vehicles: History, Development, M-City, and the Future, by Huei Peng, Ph.D. Dr. Huei Peng is the Roger L. McCarthy Pro fessor of Mechanical Engineering at the U-M. His research centers on the design and control of electrified vehicles and connected/automated vehicles. He currently setwes as the Director of the U-M Mobility Transformation Center, a center that oversees the test facility M-City, and studies connected and autonomous vehicle technologies and promotes their deployment. Speaker's Synopsis: The Mobility Transformation Center, established in 2013, studies a wide spectrum of research topics related to connected and automated vehicles. It focuses on the development of "living laboratories" that are key tools for research and education. One of those laboratories is M-City, a 32-acre site on North Campus which simulates the broad range of complexities vehicles encounter in urban and suburban environments. Dr. Peng will present a brief history, current research activities, and future challenges for connected and automated vehicles. January 26: Safety of Autonomous Vehicles: Technology and Policy, by Edwin Olson, Ph.D. Dr. Edwin Olson is Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at U-M and Co-Director for Autonomous Driving Development at Toyota Research Institute. He received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2008for work in robotic mapping. At U-M, he directs the APRIL Robotics Laboratoty. At U-M's Transportation Research Institute (TRI), he helps lead the creation of next-generation autonomous cars and safety systems. Speaker's Synopsis: While 35,000 people died last year in the United States as a result of automobile accidents, it is not the case that humans are bad drivers. Humans are astonishingly good drivers, and we set a high bar for an autonomous alternative. In this talk. Dr. Olson describes some of the challenges—why is driving so difficult for computers? How do we successfully marry autonomous technology to its human users? How do we know when an autonomous car is safe enough? February 2: Smart Policies, Smart Transportation: Impacts on Urban / Suburban / Rural Life, by Jonathan Levine, Ph.D. Dr. Jonathan Levine is Emil Lorch Collegiate Professor at U-M's Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. His research centers on policy reform in transportation and land use. His current work focuses on the transformation of the transportation and land-use planning paradigm from a mobility to an accessibility basis, and includes several sponsored projects and a book. He is also interested in the design of institutions for emerging transportation systems - which may be based on self-driving electric vehicles. Speaker's Synopsis: Self-driving vehicles could vastly reduce or increase the energy and environmental impact of the transportation system. With the transportation sector accounting for over one-quarter of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, the design of a future system based on self-driving vehicles is critical—and it is already underway. This talk will argue for near-term policy reform to promote the kind of transportation system that will bring the United States closer to its environmental and social goals. February 9: The Future of Mass Transit in Southeast Michigan: Where Do We Go from Here?, by Michael G. Ford Michael G. Ford is CEO of the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan (RTA). RTA was created in 2012 to coordinate and plan the development of mass transit in the fourcounty region. He previously served as CEO of the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority. He is a native of the Pacific Northwest. He began his career with the Greyhound Bus Company and also was Director of Transportation Operations for TriMet, the Portland, Oregon area mass transit service. Speaker's Synopsis: Southeast Michigan is the only major metropolitan area in the country without a true regional transit system. This talk will describe a twenty-year plan developed by the Regional Transit Authority for a multi-modal transportation system covering Wayne, Macomb, Oakland, and Washtenaw counties. The system includes rapid transit bus (similar to light-rail, but on regular wheels), commuter rail, and airport express service. The talk will also cover future steps to seek voter millage approval (the plan was narrowly defeated in the November 2016 election) and other funding mechanisms.
Event Type : Thursday Morning Lecture Series      
Date(s) : 01/05/2017 - 02/09/2017
Day of Week : Thursday
Time : 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Location : Rave Cinema
Address : 4100 Carpenter Rd.,
Ypsilanti, MI
Fee : $30.00
Event Status : COMPLETED