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APICS Greater Detroit Presents: The Autonomous Vehicle - Ground-Shaking Supply Chain Impact Considerations... Wednesday, May 17, 2017

posted May 8, 2017, 6:50 AM by Jill Hays

There’s a lot of news circulating about autonomous vehicles.  This disruptive technology will require a paradigm shift as the world moves toward contemporary ride sharing scenarios and the introduction of autonomous vehicle technology—the 24/7-vehicle usage profile. 

Come join us as we learn about the supply chain impact and considerations for this paradigm shift associated with autonomous vehicles (i.e. self driving vehicles)! 

Current vehicle usage cycles are very low, 5% or less. However, within the context of a fully mature autonomous vehicle environment involving structured car sharing, the daily usage rate could grow to 95% or more. Such a dramatic increase in utilization will have an impact on the vehicle system life, the supply chain to support it, and is assumed will have a significant degradation effect. This presentation will explore this hypothesis.

While full adoption may take decades, driverless cars are inevitable. Companies that look far ahead, plan and execute the fastest will survive. Those companies sticking to tradition risk stalling, or disappearing altogether.

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Event Timing


Registration and Networking:                                                   5:30 pm

Dinner and Certification Awards:                                              6:00 pm

Presentation:                                                                           7:00 pm



Speaker Bio


James (Jim) Wasiloff is the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle Reliability Leader at BAE Systems. In this role, he leads the AMPV Reliability Engineering program effort and serves as a BAE Systems consultant on Lean Six Sigma, Design for Six Sigma, and Autonomous Vehicle Technology. 

Jim has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Oakland University, a Master of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from The University of Michigan, and is currently enrolled in a Doctorate in Engineering program in Manufacturing (Reliability and Robust Engineering) at The University of Michigan. He has studied Artificial Intelligence and Autonomous Vehicles at Stanford University under Sebastian Thrun. A certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt, Jim has specialized in the implementation of Design for Six Sigma and related preemptive problem avoidance methodologies.

Jim is the founder of the global Autonomous Vehicle Community of Practice group on LinkedIn (



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