Autonomous Autos to Navigate with ‘Lidar’

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

As examined in a previous blog entry, autonomous vehicle rely on an array of technologies—from cameras to sensors to more sophisticated “lidar”—to navigate roadways. An article in Fortune, “What Happened When Ford Tested Its Self-Driving Car in Total Darkness” explores just how advanced self-driving technologies have become. The article discusses a “recent test at Ford’s […]

Autonomous Car Liability

by William Mattar | September 21st, 2017

A law review article published in the Southern Methodist University Science and Technology Law Review makes the novel argument that “[l]aws governing canine ownership are a good model on which to base laws governing autonomous cars.” While it may seem implausible to compare a sentient animal—a dog—to the motions, sensors and axels of an autonomous […]

William Mattar Acts of Kindness Campaign

by Dawn Raub | September 21st, 2017

The William Mattar Acts of Kindness Team has hit the streets giving out free gift cards throughout Western New York. You never know when or where they will appear. Over 100 William Mattar Acts of Kindness staff are traveling throughout Western New York with Tim Horton’s gift cards and will be randomly handing them out. […]

Support Childhood Cancer Month

by Dawn Raub | September 12th, 2017

Earlier this month we introduced you to Lauryn who has not only bravely fought her way through childhood cancer, but shared the details of her journey to help us understand how cancer can affect children. Lauryn is also shining a light on the need for more funding for safe and updated treatments for childhood cancers […]

Self Driving Cars vs. ‘Shabby’ Roadways

by Dawn Raub | September 8th, 2017

It is well-accepted that America’s roadway infrastructure is in need of reboot. How will self-driving cars respond to “shabby U.S. roadways,” as they were recently described in a Reuters article. The author sets the scene: A press event at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Volvo’s semi-autonomous prototype is in the limelight. Things don’t go as […]

My Cancer Journey

by Dawn Raub | August 31st, 2017

Written by Lauryn Laskowski On December 24th I sat on the couch and had a sharp pain in my lower right abdomen area. I have experienced it before so I just took ibuprofen and used a heating pad and it went away. In the middle of the night, the pain came back. I told my […]

Self-Driving Car Freedom?

by William Mattar | August 28th, 2017

Today’s entry takes a look at a scholarly article published just over a year ago in the Yale Journal of Law and Technology: The Costs of Self-Driving Cars: Reconciling Freedom and Privacy With Tort Liability In Autonomous Vehicle Regulation. Analyzing the laws of agency and products liability, the article’s main thrust is that “the more […]

More than just a pencil…

by Dawn Raub | August 16th, 2017

Written by Dawn Raub, assistant to William Mattar I’m excited to once again be working on the William Mattar Pencils 4 Schools campaign where I’m able to interact with so many wonderful teachers. With 500,000 pencils currently being distributed, this campaign has surpassed the 1 million pencil mark in a very short amount of time. […]

WILLIAM MATTAR TO SURPASS MILLION MARK IN “PENCILS 4 SCHOOLS” CAMPAIGN

by Dawn Raub | August 1st, 2017

With school supply shortages in many inner city and suburban schools, the William Mattar Pencils 4 Schools campaign is once again ready to roll! “Seeing the program grow to this level in just a few short years shows the tremendous need for the most basic of supplies. We’re glad we can help schools in some […]

Could self-driving cars impact our privacy?

by William Mattar | July 11th, 2017

“In [a] near-future filled with self-driving cars, the price of convenience is surveillance.” That is the argument advanced in a recent Atlantic article, “How Self-Driving Cars Will Threaten privacy.” The article begins with a morning commute “sometime in the indeterminate future” where the humanoid voice of a hypothetical self-driving car makes seemingly innocuous suggestions as […]