Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

  • Posted on 30th June 2016
Robots and liability issues: the future regulatory framework

Robots are rapidly gaining public visibility as their development accelerates in conjunction with recent innovations in the domains of artificial intelligence, machine learning, machine-to-machine and machine-to-human interaction. The annual increase in the uptake of industrial and service robots is rapidly becoming a subject of political debate both in national and European fora. There is currently no specific legislation in place…

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Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

  • Posted on 19th December 2014
Innovators vs. Regulators: Will Civilian Drones Thrive in Europe?

In our recent analysis piece about the future regulation of remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS), we provided some insight into the main EU institutions and agencies involved in the creation of harmonised rules across Europe. Since then, the 2016 deadline the European Commission had initially set for new regulations to be approved has been removed, and not replaced.   Are…

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Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

  • Posted on 15th October 2014
Drones Without Borders: Future Common Standards in the EU?

Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS), more commonly referred to as ‘civil drones’ or ‘unmanned aerial vehicles’ (UAVs), can perform tasks that manned systems are sometimes unable to perform. They can be useful for surveillance purposes, border control, agriculture, firefighting, or media and entertainment, amongst other applications. The EU and some of its Member States have in recent years acknowledged the…

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The global race for drone regulation

  • Posted on 27th June 2014
The global race for drone regulation

About a year ago, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos announced that Amazon were testing unmanned drones – called Octopers – to start delivering packages to customers in five years’ time. This announcement gave Amazon a PR boost; and was perhaps also initiated in the hope of raising awareness around businesses being given authorisation to use drones commercially. According to the US…

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