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Friday, May 22, 2015

Uber's Driverless Cars Seen Around Pittsburgh

A first look at Uber's test car (and why you'll see it around Pittsburgh)


Uber's test vehicle driving in the Strip District on May 13, 2015.
Uber's test vehicle driving in the Strip District on May 13, 2015.

 Uber Technologies Inc. has been quietly setting up shop in Pittsburgh for its Advanced Technologies Center, the company's test cars that are now hitting the road are less inconspicuous.
If the words "Uber Advanced Technologies Center" emblazoned on the side of the vehicle weren't enough of a giveaway, the device rotating on the top of the vehicle signals this isn't your average Ford.
"This vehicle is part of our early research efforts regarding mapping, safety and autonomy systems," Uber spokeswoman Trina Smith said in an email.
And it's likely you'll be seeing more on the road in Pittsburgh as the company builds out its local operations. Uber announced in February it would be opening an advanced technologies center in Pittsburgh to focus primarily on the areas of mapping, vehicle safety and driverless vehicle technology.
Smith declined to provide more details, and from a competitive standpoint, that isn't surprising. Uber is hardly the only company looking to take a stake in self-driving vehicle technology.
Uber's announcement it would be developing its own self-driving car technology put the company in direct competition with one of its biggest investors: Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).
Google has been working on driverless car technology since 2010 and has said it expects to have a finished product by 2020.
This summer, the company's self-driving cars are graduating from the test track and will hit the real road in Google's hometown of Mountain View, Calif. The car has no steering wheel or pedals, so it is up to the internal computers to do all of the driving. (However, to keep with California law these early treks will have a human aboard with a removable steering wheel and pedals, should something go wrong.)
For Uber, driverless cars eliminate its largest cost: the driver. By the end of 2014, the rideshare startup employed about 160,000 drivers across the globe.
Uber CEO Travis Kalanick has been outspoken about his desire to replace the people who drive its cars with cars that drive themselves.
"The reason Uber could be expensive is because you're not just paying for the car — you're paying for the other dude in the car," Kalanick said. "When there's no other dude in the car, the cost of taking an Uber anywhere becomes cheaper than owning a vehicle."
Barclay's Johnson predicts that auto sales may drop 40 percent in the next 25 years because of shared driverless cars. The market for autonomous technology is expected to grow to $42 billion by 2025 and self-driving cars may account for a quarter of global auto sales by 2035, according to an analysis by Boston Consulting Group.
In order to hit the ground running, Uber hired away dozens of senior researchers from CMU's National Robotics Engineering Center prior to the announcement of a partnership between the two.
CMU has a well-established reputation in the area of autonomous driving. The university currently operates the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Autonomous Driving Collaborative Research Lab, which was formed after CMU's driverless car won the DARPA Urban Challenge in 2007.
In February, Jeff Holden, Uber's chief product officer, said the company was staffing the center with a mix of CMU recruits and others brought in from outside the university. Uber has yet to disclose how many it currently employs at the center, but the company has been actively hiring for an array of engineering positions.
Earlier this week, Uber confirmed it has selected the former Restaurant Depot space in the Strip District as the location for its Advanced Technologies Center. Smith said the company expects to move in at the end of the year.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Canonsburg Mother of Classmate Passes

Gladys Kunkle Montecalvo, 95, of Canonsburg, died Sunday, May 17, 2015. She was born January 25, 1920, in South Fayette, a daughter of the late Clarence and Clara Nonclerg Kunkle. She was a graduate from Canonsburg High School, class of 1937. Ms. Montecalvo managed the Nolla Shop in Canonsburg for 25 years prior to her retirement. She was an avid Pittsburgh Steeler, Pittsburgh Pirates and Pittsburgh Panther Basketball fan, and enjoyed crafting. She was a member of Central Assembly of God Church. Surviving are her son, David (Camille) Lipinski of Canonsburg; daughter, Donna (John) Lipinski DeFife, of Virginia; sister, Jean Brytus of Houston, PA; grandchildren, Scott (Jean Louise) DeFife; Lauren (Jeff) Gregory; and Michael Lipinski; great-grandchildren, Justin Gregory; Ryan Gregory and Jack DeFife; step son, Dennis (Marilyn) Montecalvo; and several step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Albert Montecalvo; brother, Arthur Kunkle; and step children, Ronald and Allen Montecalvo. Friends will be received Friday 3-8pm at the Sollon Funeral Home, Ltd., 30 East College Street, Canonsburg, J. David Sollon, supervisor, Phillip L. Sollon, director, 724-746-1000. Services will be held Saturday at 10am in the funeral home, followed by burial in Forest Lawn Gardens, McMurray. Please visit to leave online condolences.
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Thursday, March 19, 2015

CHS Class of 1959 Deceased

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Jtherron
Date: Thu, Mar 19, 2015 at 7:52 AM
Subject: Canonsburg High School Class of 1959 deceased
To: "Garboski, Dick" , "Kobert, Bob & Sandy" blivolsi

With the addition of Henrietta Chuba passing today,
I made up this list of departed classmates by date.


Jim Depaoli                              Died 9/20/59
Fred Lyon                                 Died 2/5/88
Bob Herman                             Died 8/4/88
Aurella Dobbs Wilinski             Died 10/14/88
Mario Celio                              Died 7/7/89
Gerald Dudley                          Died 11/30/89
Saundra Milligan Frederick       Died 3/13/95
Ken Ewasky                             Died 3/19/96
Eric Huston                              Died 5/5/98
Barbara Wines Grover               Died 9/30/01
Anthony J. Spataro                   Died 2/2/02
James Guzell                            Died 8/10/03
Shirley Goodnight Leasure        Died 3/13/04
Jean Kern                                 Died 3/22/04
J. Eileen Betonte Kestner          Died 12/16/05
Rita A. Soulakis Steadman        Died 1/6/06
Gary Briceland                          Died 7/3/06
Patricia Rodgers Dzurino           Died 6/20/08
Patty Powers Bails                    Died 6/1/10
Barbara Haley Broutin              Died 4/1/11
Al Moze                                   Died 6/22/11
Dianna Hackenson Dresko      Died 11/13/11
Patricia Leson Falcioni              Died 9/1/12
Steve Sedora                             Died 2/25/13
James Gohacki                          Died 3/14/13
Anna Marie Colaizzo Debone    Died 7/17/13
Ed Malinoski                              Died 9/24/13
Larry Dombrowski                    Died 10/14/13
Dominick Bonitatibus               Died 9/17/13
Bob Hummell                           Died 11/18/13
Ted Mohler                              Died 4/25/2014
George Wyland                       Died Sept. 26, 2014
Walter Piechnick                     Died 1/19/2015
Henrietta Chuba Ladzinski      Died 3/16/15

Monday, January 12, 2015

John Rotella

CHS59 Classmate Passes

John Wayne Rotella

1/9/1942 - 12/4/14

John Wayne Rotella "Coach" (72), of Hawthorne, CA for 48 years, passed away on December 4, 2014 after a long 3 year battle with cancer. He was born in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania on January 9, 1942 to John and Augustina Rotella (both deceased). 

He was a dedicated teacher, football and wrestling coach for Morningside High School for 36 years. John is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Janice Rotella of Hawthorne, CA; his son, John Rotella of Torrance, CA; his daughter, Theresa Rotella of Maple Grove, MN; granddaughter, Megan of Aurora, CO; grandson, Cory of Hawthorne, CA; and great grandchildren, Atticus, Eisley, Athena and Ayden.

Visitation will be Friday, December 12th, from 4 - 8pm at Holy Cross Mortuary, 5835 W. Slauson Ave., Culver City, CA 90230; 310-836-5500. Rosary will be at 6:30 pm also at Holy Cross Mortuary. There will be a Memorial Mass on Saturday, December 13th, 12:30pm at Chapel of the Risen Christ, Holy Cross Cemetery. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the 

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Monday, December 22, 2014

McCrory's Grand Re-Opening

Long before Kmart, Walmart, etc...  McCrorys debut its "Super" Store! 
The Canonsburg McCrory's originally opened its doors in 1919 and 21 years later on October 4, 1940, after months of renovation the Grand Opening of its Super Store!

Canonsburg McCrory's Employees

Monday, December 8, 2014

Merry Christmas Wishes

The Town Park...
 an oh so special place... my grandfather helped build.
A setting for many enduring childhood memories...
 and yes, each Season... summer, spring, winter, fall...
 it was a wonderland of awe....

The Best Of The Season To All! 

Wednesday, December 3, 2014