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Section of Science & Technology Law: Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee

Section of Science & Technology Law:
Artificial Intelligence and Robotics Committee


Announcements


States Rush to Regulate Drones Ahead of Federal Guidelines
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/14/2015

In New Hampshire you can’t use a drone to harass a hunter. California lawmakers don’t want you to fly an unmanned aircraft near a forest fire. And in Texas you better not pilot one anywhere near the state capitol.In the absence of federal regulations, states are eager to pass their own policies on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), mandating everything from where drones can be flown to whether law enforcement can use them to gather evidence. But advocates for the technology, which is growing in popularity both commercially and among hobbyists, say legislatures are overstepping their authority and hamstringing an industry ripe for growth.According to the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), an industry-supported group, at least six states—Florida, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon and Virginia—have passed legislation restricting the commercial use of drones. Another eight have restrictive legislation pending.

Original GCN Article


California Governor Vetoes Drone Bill
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/14/2015

SAN FRANCISCO — California Gov. Jerry Brownvetoed legislation Wednesday that would have restricted the flying of drones lower than 350 feet over private property without the owner's permission.While drone technology raises novel issues, Brown said in his veto message the bill "could expose the occasional hobbyist and the FAA-approved commercial user alike to burdensome litigation."

Original USA Today Article


North Dakota Becomes First US State to Legalise Use of Armed Drones by Police
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/14/2015

Armed drones could be used by police in the US state of North Dakota after local lawmakers legalised their use.While they will be limited to “less than lethal” weapons, tear gas, tasers, rubber bullets and pepper spray could all be used in theory by the remote controlled flying machines.In a classic case of unintended consequences, the original sponsor, Republican state representative Rick Becker said he was unhappy with the way legislation turned out. His original intention was to prevent law enforcement officials from using the unmanned aerial vehicles from conducting surveillance on private property without a warrant.“In my opinion there should be a nice, red line: Drones should not be weaponised,” he said.

Original Independent (UK) Article


Cloudy FAA Data Skews Drone Threat
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/02/2015

A UFO sighting 51,000 feet above Washington is not something one might expect to read about in a database linked to a news release by the Federal Aviation Administration titled: “Pilot reports of close calls with drones soar in 2015.”But it’s in there.Among other incidents, a large Predator-style drone crashed near a residential area, according to the FAA database.And a drone was hovering in unauthorized airspace close to a crime scene being investigated by the Inglewood Police Department in California.All are striking events.But they’re not about close calls between drones and manned aircraft like planes and helicopters.

Original Winston-Salem Journal Article


Should Police Have the Capability to Take Control of Driverless Cars
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/02/2015

Driverless cars might be the norm some day—sooner than we think. So it's never too early to consider futuristic scenarios of a driverless car world.There have already been plenty of ethical questions asked, like whether a driverless car should decide who lives or who dies during an accident scenario. One question often posed is whether a driverless vehicle could choose to ram a school bus full of kids or sacrifice the driverless vehicle's occupants during a mishap.Now the Rand Corp. is thinking about how law enforcement officials should deal with driverless cars. A recent study (PDF) by the group ponders whether a cop should have the ability to remotely control a vehicle to pull it over.

Original Ars Technica Article


California Bill One of Many State Bills That Aim to Regulate Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/02/2015

A California bill that restricts flying of drones to above 350 feet (107 meters) over private property is just one of several state bills in the U.S. that aim to regulate various aspects of flying the unmanned aircraft.

Original PC World Article


Weaponized Drones For Law Enforcement Now Legal In North Dakota
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/02/2015

(Ferenstein Wire) - Drones can now legally fight criminals in the United States with non-lethal weapons thanks to a recently amended bill in North Dakota. The law’s author, Representative Rick Becker, originally wanted to require police to secure a warrant for drone surveillance.But, then local law enforcement managed to sneak in the right to equip drones with tasers or rubber bullets by amending the original prohibition against lethal and non-lethal force to just limiting lethal weapons. Becker worries that this new franken-bill will have dramatic unintended consequences.

Original Forbes Tech Article


Is a Cambrian Explosion Coming for Robotics?
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 09/02/2015

About half a billion years ago, life on earth experienced a short period of very rapid diversification called the “Cambrian Explosion.” Many theories have been proposed for the cause of the Cambrian Explosion, with one of the most provocative being the evolution of vision, which allowed animals to dramatically increase their ability to hunt and find mates (for discussion, see Parker 2003). Today, technological developments on several fronts are fomenting a similar explosion in the diversification and applicability of robotics. Many of the base hardware technologies on which robots depend—particularly computing, data storage, and communications—have been improving at exponential growth rates. Two newly blossoming technologies—“Cloud Robotics” and “Deep Learning”—could leverage these base technologies in a virtuous cycle of explosive growth.

Original Spectrum IEEE Article


Webinar: USDOT Releases Automated Vehicle Webinar and New Mobility Reports
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/24/2015

The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has announced that six new mobility application reports have been posted in the National Transportation Library, and it has also put its new webinar on automated vehicle deployment online.

Original Traffic Technology Today Notice


Meeting Announcement: A Plaintiff's Lawyer's View on Robotics and AI Technology
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/24/2015

Wednesday, August 26, 201510:00 AM

Silicon Valley Law Group 50 West San Fernando Street, Suite 750, San Jose, CA



North Dakota Drone Test Site Set to Fly High at All Hours
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/24/2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Of the six sites in the U.S. where researchers are trying to figure out how to integrate unmanned aircraft into civilian airspace, only North Dakota's can fly high both day and night.The Federal Aviation Administration approved a plan last week that allows drones to be flown up to 1,200 feet above the entire state and permits flights at night, a combination that makes North Dakota unique, since other test sites are limited to a 200-foot blanket and daylight hours."It really expands the type of operations you can conduct," said Nicholas Flom, director of safety for the Northern Plains UAS Test Site.

Original Bismarck Tribune Article


Traffic-Management Website for Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/24/2015

A pioneering website designed to prevent collisions and crashes among the rapidly growing number of drone aircraft has been developed by the Wright State Research Institute (WSRI).Due to its potential, institute officials have also established FlyTransparent, a business spin-off.The website and mobile application—called GoFlyZone—relies upon drone operators to voluntarily upload their flight plans, enabling other operators to see all of the flight paths and times before taking to the skies.

Original ECN Article


Five Factors That Could Ground the Drone Economy
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/24/2015

SAN FRANCISCO – The drone economy could be grounded if operators and regulators alike don't address pressing concerns over cyber attacks, privacy breaches and reckless pilots, according to a new report by insurers Lloyd's of London.The British insurance giant's risk report series survey, "Drones Take Flight," out Thursday, highlights five issues that could hamper the growth of businesses using unmanned aerial robots for jobs ranging from crop monitoring to parcel deliveries.

Original USA Today Article


Australia To Start Autonomous Vehicle Trials In November
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

Australia’s national independent road research agency, ARRB Group, has announced that driverless cars will be tested on the country’s roads for the first time in November 2015. Supported and hosted by the South Australian government, the first trials of automated vehicles will coincide with a Driverless Vehicle Conference to be hosted by the state from November 5-6.

Original Traffic Technology Article


Sen. Mike Folmer Launches Drone Moratorium Law
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

You can add drones to the list of controversial issues Sen. Mike Folmer is taking on.On Friday, Folmer, the Lebanon County state senator getting headlines for pushing the legalization of medical marijuana, introduced legislation that would place a two-year moratorium on the use of drones by state and local agencies, including law enforcement.Under the law, the use of small, remote controlled drones that can be equipped with cameras would be prevented, with the exception of a handful of emergency circumstances, such as natural disasters, search and rescue operations and Amber Alerts.

Original Lebanon Daily News Article


California's Drone Trespass Bill Goes Too Far
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

California legislators are looking to tackle the perceived problem of drone trespasses with a modified version of a bill that was introduced earlier this year. Unfortunately they’ve gone too far in the most recent version of the proposed legislation.

Original Forbes Article


Feds Approve 1,000 Applications For Drone Flights
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved 1,000 applications for nonmilitary drone flights. The exemptions were granted this week under a section of federal law that allows the Transportation Department to wave requirements for FAA approval for drone flights that are operated outside of restricted airspace and below 200 feet. The FAA said in a statement that the exemptions were part of a "continuing effort to safely expand and support commercial unmanned aircraft operations in U.S. airspace." "Companies and individuals from a broad spectrum of industries are taking advantage of the Section 333 exemption process," the agency said. "Many of the grants the FAA has issued allow aerial filming for uses such as motion picture production, precision agriculture and real estate photography," the FAA statement continued. "The agency also has issued grants for new and novel approaches to inspecting power distribution towers and wiring, railroad infrastructure and bridges." The FAA is in the process of developing regulations for allowing a rapid expansion of the use of commercial drones in the U.S.

Original The Hill Article


Chicago Law Firm Secures Federal Approvals for Commercial Drone Use Under Firm’s Section 333 Filing Service
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

The attorneys of Antonelli Law, a leading Chicago-based drone law firm that specializes in federal commercial drone law, have secured a total of 11 Section 333 Grant of Exemptions, which allow operators of unmanned aircraft vehicles to conduct aerial surveillance for data collection and for a variety of other commercially-driven purposes. The leading drone lawyers at Antonelli law offer a full spectrum of commercial drone law services that have helped clients in the real estate, engineering, and cinematography fields clear the FAA’S legal hurdles to be able to start flying drones in just a few months.

Original Press Release Rocket Article


Google Auto LLC Is Google's Own Auto Company
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/14/2015

Everyone knows Google has come a long way since announcing their Google Self-Driving Car project in 2010. What few knew was that Google actually formed a subsidiary company- Google Auto LLC- in 2011 to manage Google’s automobile operations. The company (Googe Auto) is headed by Chris Urmson who has been leading Google’s self -driving car project. In addition, the company is registered with national and international organizations as a passenger vehicle company. In 2014, Google Auto was licensed as carmaker in California. In fact, the company is named as the manufacturer for all 23 of the Lexus cars.

Original Android Headlines Article


Warren County to Consider Drone Regulation Law
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/03/2015

Life might get tougher for owners of “unmanned aerial vehicles” — commonly known as drones — in Warren County in the coming months as county supervisors consider a county law to control where and how they are used.Spurred on by the passage of a law that regulates drones in Rockland County, Warren County supervisors discussed the options they have to regulate the use, and potentially prohibit misuse, of the flying machines.

Original Post Star Article


Florida Drone Law

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/03/2015

ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) — Florida’s Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act went into effect earlier this summer, but one Orlando woman discovered: it doesn’t do much to protect people. The drone law prohibits the use of drones for capturing images of private property in places where there is a reasonable expectation of property, such as outside Cassidy Higgins’ bedroom window. Higgins’ neighbors spotted a drone in the space between their Thornton Park homes late one night.

Original Fox 35 News Article


Mercenary Drone Operators Kill Outside US Chain of Command

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 08/03/2015

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The US armed forces are using a growing number of mercenaries or contractors to operate lethal drone attacks as regular troops are increasingly unwilling to do so, experts told Sputnik.

Original Sputnik International Article


Kentucky Laws Vague Regarding Drone Use and Personal Privacy

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

BULLITT COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- His story made national headlines in less than 12 hours and a lot of people are standing behind the Bullitt County man who was arrested after shooting down a drone.According to Hillview Police, William Merideth broke the law when he shot his gun within city limits.Some Kentucky lawmakers and advocates say things need to change regarding his family's right to privacy.

Original WDRB News Article


Drone Law Loophole Leaves out RGV

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

WESLACO - If you think your privacy is secure and protected in your backyard, think again. Drones are creating new concerns. The small flying, remote-controlled unmanned aircrafts are often equipped with video cameras.The cameras can record you anywhere, without your knowledge or consent, even on your own property. They can rise up and float down streets undetected, recording everything.

Original KRGV News Article



Insurers Shy Away From Drones Over New Privacy Law Concerns

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

As new privacy laws governing the use of commercial drones begin to take effect, independent insurance agents are finding difficulty adequately sourcing the risk of privacy-related litigation against drone users.According to Jason Riley, vice president of aviation wholesale broker Halton Hall, many insurers are willing to offer aircraft liability policies or aviation CGLs for drones. Components coverage, though expensive, is also available for cameras, gimbles and other accessories.What’s harder to find is coverage for potential privacy violations.

Original Insurance Business America Article


Drone Regulations Take Off in U.S.

Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, more commonly called drones, are becoming increasingly popular with both law enforcement and the general public.Advances in technology have allowed exciting new applications for drone use, and the cost to purchase a very capable drone is well within the reach of most interested consumers.New technological advancements tend to cause a scramble as legislators attempt to figure out how to regulate them, and drones are no exception. Legislators at both the state and federal level have been exploring how to create laws that allow for technological advancement while ensuring safety and protecting privacy.

Original Bloomberg BNA Article


D.A.: Operators Will Be Prosecuted For Murder If ‘Intentional Act Of A Drone’ Were To Cause Death
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA.com) — Authorities in San Bernardino County issued a stern warning Wednesday for anyone caught flying an unmanned aerial vehicle over dangerous situations, such as wildfires.“If an intentional act of a drone was to cause one of these wonderful men and women fighting fires to go down and be injured or worse scenario killed or another civilian on the ground, we will … we will prosecute you for murder,” San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos said.

Original CBS Los Angeles Article


Hackers Use Infotainment Systems to Gain Control of Vehicles
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/31/2015

The vulnerability of the computer systems in new vehicles to ‘cyber attacks’ has been highlighted in two separate cases this week (ends July 24, 2015), in the USA and the UK.A leading UK-based software security company, the NCC Group, says car infotainment systems are vulnerable to hacking that could put lives at risk, by seizing control of a vehicle’s brakes and other critical systems. NCC said it had found a way to carry out the attacks by sending data via digital audio broadcasting (DAB) radio signals, using a laptop and a transmitter made from easy-to-source electronic components.

Original Traffic Technology Today Article


Japanese Telcos Vie for Share in Consumer Robot-as-a-Service Business
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/30/2015

Yesterday a second Japanese telecommunication firm entered the consumer robot-as-a-service market when the state-owned Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) announced it would partner with its subsidiary NTT Data and robot maker Vstone to develop a tabletop companion robot that can talk and communicate with smart devices. NTT joins Softbank in the move to market networking and cloud computing services to a massive existing consumer base using consumer robotics. NTT says its Sota companion robot will cost about 100,000 JPY (~$800USD), with a monthly service fee of a few thousand JPY (~$30).

Original Robohub Article


DfT To Research Impact Of Driverless Cars
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

Research into how driverless vehicles will affect all road users has been commissioned by the Department for Transport (DfT), as part of cross-government working to 'join-up' policies on autonomous vehicles.Analysis is also being finalised on how data from connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) can be harnessed, particularly surrounding how telematics products can improve safety for new drivers.The DfT has also started negotiations with other countries to update international approval regulations for driverless cars, following its own The Pathway to Driverless Cars review, which sets out a clear timeline committing to updating UK regulations.

Original LocalGov (UK) Article


$75,000 In Rewards Offered To Catch Operators Who Flew Drones Above Fires
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

San Bernardino County supervisors unanimously agreed Tuesday to offer $75,000 in rewards for help in tracking down drone operators who interfered with firefighters during three major wildfires this summer.After the unmanned devices were spotted flying above flames and smoke from the blazes this year — which altogether burned about 36,000 acres — fire crews were forced to ground water-dropping aircraft. Officials said the delays allowed the fires to spread, resulting in devastating property losses.

Original LA Times Article


Lansing City Council To Discuss Drone Law
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

(WLNS) – It’s the buzz around town; the topic of drones is not going away.The Lansing City Council is talking about this hobby and whether stricter laws are necessary.Having your eye in the sky over Lansing is something that has been increasing in popularity.Is it invasion of privacy or invasion of rights?

Original WLNS Article


The Fourth Amendment and Driverless Cars
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

Driverless cars are still in their infancy—Google’s cute little vehicles don’t go faster than 25 mph. Nevertheless, courts around the country are currently deciding the future privacy rights of self-driving car owners. The opinions that judges write today will determine whether the police searching your car 20 years from now will be able to see everywhere the car has ever driven you, how long you stayed there, possibly who was with you, your communications from the car, etc. Think about all the places you travel in your car or the conversations you have in your car. How easily do you want that information available to a search?

Original Slate Article


Viral Video Of Gun-Firing Drone Renews Interest In Legal Restrictions
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

HARTFORD — With the viral video of a gun-firing drone making national headlines, Connecticut advocates are re-energized to pass a law next year that would ban such weapons.The state Senate unanimously passed a bill this year that would have banned weapons on drones used by both the police and the general public. But the bill never came to a vote in the state House of Representatives as time ran out in the legislative session. Advocates say it will be a top priority when the new legislative session begins in February.

Original Hartford Courant Article


CAA To Revise Drone Regulations In September
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

Taiwan’s laws governing the licensing and operation of unmanned aerial vehicles and camera drones are set for revision in September, according to the Civil Aeronautics Administration July 23.The new measures will serve as a satisfactory regulatory framework with coordinated response to the increasing number of UAVs and drones appearing in the skies over Taiwan. They impose stricter regulations on commercial versions weighing 25 kilograms and above, including mandatory certification for the vehicle and operator.

Original Taiwan Today Article


Drones in Florida - New Laws and Regulations
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

If you are one of the cool kids, or cool adults, or a techie, you might have received a drone for a gift during the past year. Like a toy out of the future, drones allow observation from above and afar. They are very cool. And, it was pretty much the Wild West concerning what you could do with your drone, until a new law went into effect in Florida on July 1st. The new law expanded restrictions on the use of drones by both private citizens and local and state agencies alike.As of midnight on July 1, 2015, the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act went into effect and stated that drones cannot be used for unlicensed surveillance. What that means is it that it is now unlawful to “capture an image of privately owned real property or of the owner, tenant, occupant, invitee or licensee of such property with the intent to conduct surveillance without his or her written consent.” The ban applies to any individual, state agency or political subdivision and was approved unanimously in the Florida House and by a 37-2 margin in the Florida Senate. The ban includes the use of drones by state and local law enforcement agencies unless they have obtained a warrant, there appears to be an immediate danger posed to life or property or to combat terrorism.

Original JD Supra Business Advisor Article


Commercial Drone Use Soars into New Territories
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as drones, are taking to the American skies in record numbers to conduct commercial activities in response to recent changes in the law. Commercial drone businesses are climbing in numbers thanks to the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. Under this law, businesses can apply for a “Section 333 exemption” to the prohibition on commercial drone operations.

Original National Law Review Article


Sony Moves Into Drones Amid Safety Warnings From UK Flying Authority
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/29/2015

Sony is planning to get into the drone business, with the launch of a new company that will capture images and other data for business purposes using unmanned aerial vehicles.The company, called Aerosense, is a joint-venture with Japanese robotics firm ZMP. The partnership will combine Sony's camera, sensing, telecommunications network and robotics technologies with ZMP's automated driving and robotics technologies.

Original Telegraph (UK) Article


Handgun-Firing Drone Appears Legal In Video, But FAA, Police Probe Further
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/23/2015

(CNN)Video of a handgun fired from a hovering drone into a wooded area has been posted on YouTube -- where it has gone viral -- apparently by an 18-year-old Connecticut student whose father says his son created the drone for a college class.No one was harmed, nor has the teenager been arrested or charged. Still, the video has stirred fresh debate about the use of, and dangers posed by, drones.

Original CNN Article


Lawmakers Want Firefighters To Be Able To Destroy Jerks' Stupid Drones: LAist
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/23/2015

After some jerks' drone-flying interfered with rescue efforts during the weekend's totally insane wildfire, lawmakers are looking to pass a bill that would allow firefighters to disable or destroy drones that are causing them issues.Assemblyman Mike Gatto and Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) introduced legislation today, saying that drone enthusiasts are putting lives in danger when they fly their drones over fires and other emergencies, City News Service reports.

Original Gothamist (LAist) Article


FAA Approves First Drone Delivery Service
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/23/2015

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has finally approved a drone delivery service, but it's not Amazon Prime Air.Australian drone start-up Flirtey has become the first company to receive approval from the FAA to deliver packages by unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV).In this case, medical supplies will be delivered via drone to a rural coal mining region in Wise County, Southwest Virginia, which is one of the most isolated places in the world.

Original International Business Times Article


Illegal Flights Persist Despite National Park Drone Ban
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/23/2015

In Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, the Gros Ventre Campground is a peaceful place with abundant solitude; it hardly fills up, even during peak season. On June 22 last year, that normal silence broke as the plastic wings of an unmanned aircraft system, known colloquially as a drone, spastically chopped at the leaves of a cottonwood as it tangled in the branches. A cow moose was grazing nearby, and though there was no evidence that the operator was trying to get a closer look at the unsuspecting ungulate, “it does seem a likely scenario,” says Andrew White, the park’s spokesman.

Original High Country News Article


DJI Bring On Leading Drone Lawyer Brendan Schulman
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/23/2015

DJI, the world’s largest drone company, has hired lawyer Brendan Schulman as its vice president of policy and legal affairs. Like many players in the emerging drone industry, DJI is undergoing rapid growth, but regulations and negative public opinions surrounding drones could hinder its future.

Original Washington Post Article


As Drone Law Lifts Off, Who Rules Rockland's Skies?
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

For the past year and a half, Vinny Garrison's been running a growing business shooting aerial photos and videos across Rockland — everything from weddings to the cranes hovering above the Tappan Zee Bridge. He's got a pair of drones — he calls them quadcopters — that he launches for jobs like real estate shots, and he just shot Clarkstown's fireworks display. But the Nanuet resident's worried the county's new drone law could make him — and even hobbyists who fly radio-controlled devices — law-breakers.

Original Lohud Journal News Article


Bar Bulletin: Florida's New Drone Law Implicates Privacy Concerns
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

Over the last 20 years, advances in technology have made it easier to record, manipulate and disseminate digital information, especially photos and videos. The recent dismissal of Florida State University quarterback De’Andre Johnson demonstrates the power that a video proliferated through the Internet can have. Our increased access to information also has a competing interest that must also be considered — namely, the protection of the citizens’ rights to privacy.

Original Financial News & Daily Record Article


After Drone Diverts Fire-Fighting Planes, Lawmakers Want Fines And Jail Time
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

In late June, the Lake Fire burned through 30,000 acres of California wilderness in San Bernardino county. In order to keep the flames from encroaching on an area of nearby houses, the US Forest Service sent three planes filled with fire retardant—a DC-10 and two smaller planes—to dump on an area of the fire. That cargo never reached its intended target, however, because the low-flying planes had to turn back when they encountered a drone flying about 800 or 900 feet off the ground. The DC-10 was able to deposit its flame retardant in another location, but the two smaller planes had to jettison their loads in order to land.

Original Ars Technica Article


Multirotor Drone Market To Reach $2.28 Billion By 2020, Market Analysts Say
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

The report, "Multirotor Drones Market by Application (Defense, Aerial Shooting, Business & Commerce, Law enforcement, Environmental Inspection), Payload (Electro-optic sensor, Cameras, Sense and Avoid System, LIDAR, CBRN, Wi-Fi, GPS), Region - Forecast to 2020," states that the increasing use of drones for law enforcement has stimulated the growth of the drones market.

Original Military Embedded Systems Article


It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane! No, It’s a … Drone? Lawyers at Forefront of UAS
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

From the military to movies, we are all at least a little familiar with Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS or “drones”). But with FAA’s recent streamlining of its commercial UAS exemption process, did you know that it probably won’t be long before Amazon (and other companies) unleash this revolutionary technology on our everyday lives? This is seriously uncharted territory here, and it’s going to involve every aspect of a practice, including those not yet dreamed up yet. Here are some insights from Lawline’s recent UAS CLE industry curriculum.

Original JD Supra Business Advisor Article


Robotics And The Law: When Software Can Hurt You
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

Recent headlines declaring “Robot Kills Man in Germany” are examples of growing news coverage about the impact of robots on society. This is the subject of a new law review article by a University of Washington faculty member.

Original UW Today Article


Computer Programs Can Resolve Legal Disputes
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Imagine working out a divorce without hiring an attorney or stepping into court or disputing the tax assessment on your home completely online. A Silicon Valley company is starting to make both possibilities a reality with software that experts say represents the next wave of technology in which the law is turned into computer code that can solve legal battles without the need for a judge or attorney.

Orignal Portland Press Herald Article

Legal Game Of Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

I was sitting on a chairlift recently at a ski resort, and the stranger next to me had an unusual backpack with him. Turns out it was a drone, equipped with a fancy camera. He and some buddies were going to take some very neat action skiing shots and videos using this drone hovering above them. He was very excited. The hobbyist drone market is growing rapidly. And we all know how important large military drones are to the US fighting effort in places like Iraq. But what might surprise you is that the commercial drone market is also exploding, and the related legal and regulatory issues are fascinating.

Original Lexpert Article


Japan's Lower House Passes Law Restricting Use Of Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/16/2015

The lower house of the Japanese Parliament passed a law Thursday prohibiting drone flights over the prime minister’s office, the Imperial Palace and other key facilities such as nuclear plants. The law was supported by a majority of legislators, The Japan Times reports. Now it must be passed by the upper house, which is expected to happen at the current session, which lasts until September 27.

Original Russia Today Article


Robots In Europe: Live Tweets And Pics From #Innorobo
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

Innorobo is one of the the premiere EU event dedicated to robotics and disruptive technologies. Running July 1-3 in Lyon, France, the event features talks from the likes of Carlo Ratti, Rodney Brooks, Brad Nelson, Jaime Paik, Shigeo Hirose and many many more, as well as an exhibition, a startup competition and several workshops.

Original Robohub Notification

Drone Wars: Airspace And Legal Rights In The Age Of Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to reflect the growing problems we can anticipate as their use becomes more and more common, both privately and commercially. Armed with high-definition cameras, these civilian UAVs have ranges of up to several miles and can hover over a neighbor’s pool party and capture footage of activity engaged in with an expectation of privacy. The typical quadcopter has a flight time of 15 minutes, although smaller ones with tiny Photron FASTCAM viewer (FPV) cameras might be able to manage as much as 30 minutes. The proliferation of these amazing devices brings with it a whole host of legal issues which most assuredly will give rise to civil disputes and litigation. Understanding the laws affecting their use now becomes a prerequisite as opposed to an opportunity for an interesting lunch conversation.

Original Claims Journal Article


International Law And US Public Support For Drone Strikes
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, in United States counterterrorism operations has become a “key feature of the administration’s foreign policy”. In late 2014, the US reached a milestone by conducting its five hundredth drone strike to target suspected terrorists in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia. This growing reliance on drones to target militants has generated widespreadcondemnation worldwide. It has also become the subject of considerable controversy within the US itself. Recent debates have largely centered around two sets of questions: 1) the effectiveness of drones in eliminating terror threats; and 2) the legitimacy of strikes under international law. Domesticsupporters point to drones as both effective for disrupting terrorist networks, and consistent with legal principles of self-defense and military necessity.Critics respond that attacks spawn grievances resulting in more terrorists than they eliminate, and represent fundamental violations of international law by breaching other countries’ sovereignty while harming countless civilians. Detractors and defenders alike have sought to directly sway the US public by putting forward these contending arguments in the marketplace of ideas.

Original Open Democracy Article


The Abortion Drone Is A High-Tech Victory For Women's Rights
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

It’s weird how creepy futuristic inventions can suddenly reveal themselves to be the new purveyors of hope and social change. That’s how I felt this week when I read about the abortion drone – a mind-bending device that took flight in Germany last weekend to deliver free and safe pregnancy-terminating pills across the border to Poland, one of a handful of countries in Europe in which abortion is illegal (a list that includes Ireland and Malta). In Poland, a largely Roman Catholic country, women are only allowed access to abortion if the pregnancy is deemed the result of rape or incest, if the mother’s life is endangered or if there are severe fetal abnormalities. It’s estimated there are at least 50,000 underground abortions performed in Poland each year.

Original Globe and Mail Article


Bill Aims To Strictly Regulate Drone Flights
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

In response to an incident in April in which a small drone was found on the roof of the Prime Minister’s Office, the government drew up a bill to revise the Civil Aeronautics Law, which sets flight rules for unmanned aircraft. The contents of the revision were learned on Thursday. One facet of the new rules is to prohibit, in principle, flights of such aircraft not only in airspace above important facilities such as the Prime Minister’s Office, but also dense residential areas and venues for festivals and other events where many people gather.

Original Japan News Article


Attorney Says New Tennessee UAS Law Might Be Unenforceable
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

Among more than a dozen new laws that went into effect July 1 in Tennessee was one that makes it illegal to fly unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) over fireworks displays, correctional facilities and events of more than 100 people. A drone operator convicted of violating the law could spend up to 30 days in jail. James Mackler, a Nashville attorney with the Bone McAllester Norton law firm who specializes in unmanned aerial systems (UAS) law, said that while members of the Tennessee General Assembly’s hearts are in the right place, passing laws in response to specific UAV incidents might not be the best legal approach.

Original UAS Magazine Article


RoCKIn2015: A Glimpse Into The Future Of Europe's Domestic And Industrial Robotics Industry
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/03/2015

Over the last 20 years, robot competitions have emerged as a powerful means to foster progress in robotics research and development (R&D). RoCKIn is part a of new generation of scientific robotics competitions that were launched out of the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. By combining the scientific rigor and repeatability of experiments with the real-world relevance and spectacle of competitive events, robot competitions are able to offer a highly complementary approach to traditional lab-based R&D. Through competition events and the development of a robust benchmarking methodology, RoCKIn aims to further innovation in the field of industrial and domestic robotics. From the 21-23 November, we will be holding our second and major competition event in Lisbon, Portugal.

Original RoboHub Article


South Africa's New Drone Regulations Are Ridiculous: SA Law Firm
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

The South African drone regulations come into effect on 1 July and are among the most stringent in the world, thanks to the Ministry of Transport. While anybody above the age of 18 will be allowed to purchase a drone – with or without a licence – the regulations restrict the use of drones dramatically, according to SA law firm, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Anja Hofmeyr, director, and Richard Chemaly, candidate attorney, dispute resolution, at the law firm note that as technology progresses, so too must the country’s laws.

Original MyBroadband Article


Drone Manufacturers Can Help Operators Respect Privacy Rights, Says Watchdog
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

Drone manufacturers can help the organisations wishing to operate them respect privacy rights by warning of the "potential intrusiveness" of their use, an EU privacy body has said. The Article 29 Working Party, a committee made of up representatives from the national data protection authorities (DPAs) throughout the EU, said the manufacturers could also put information on their packaging to tell operators where the use of drones is permitted. The manufacturers can also help account for privacy concerns in the use of drones by designing the devices with data protection in mind, it said.

Original Out-Law.com Article


Limits On Drone Use Among New Florida Laws Taking Effect
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

A law aimed at protecting Floridians from unwanted surveillance is one of more than 100 that take effect Wednesday. While the law — dubbed the Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act — spells out that unmanned aerial drones can’t be used for surveillance, it does spell out when devices can be used.

Original Naples News Article

California Deputies Detain Man For Taking Pictures, Claim Owning Drone Creates Suspicion of a Crime
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

In Lake Forest, California, a man decided to take pictures of an Orange County Sheriff’s Department station. In addition to his camera, he also brought a quadcopter drone to record aerial photography, but he was approached by deputies before he ever got his quadcopter off the ground. Conducting a First Amendment audit, the man who owns the youtube channel The Junkyard News was questioned almost immediately by deputies for taking pictures in public and then illegally detained for owning a drone.

Original PINAC Article


Commercial Drones Market Worth $4+ Billion by 2021 and Growing at 109% CAGR to 2020
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

RnRMarketResearch.com offers "Commercial Drones: Market Shares, Strategies, and Forecasts, Worldwide, 2015 to 2021", "Commercial Drones Market by Type, Technology, Application & Geography - Global Forecast to 2020" as well as "Commercial and consumer drones - Market potential and outstanding issues in Europe and the United States" research reports in its store.

Original MarketWatch Article


Man Shoots Down Neighbor's Hexacopter In Rural Drone Shotgun Battle
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

While we’ve heard of consumer drones getting in the way of commercial airliners and obstructing firefighting operations, we haven’t heard of many drones being shot out of the sky by a neighbor. But according to one drone pilot, that's exactly what occurred in Modesto, California on November 28, 2014.

Original Ars Technica Article

Writing The Book On UAS Law
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

A few weeks ago while speaking to the owner of a business that recently received a Section 333 exemption from the FAA for commercial UAS operations, he mentioned that hiring an attorney to work through the process was a good investment. It got me thinking about whether most businesses choose this approach in dealing with the FAA and the potential advantages it offers. Who better to ask than Jonathon Rupprecht, the West Palm Beach, Florida, aviation attorney? He wrote an e-book on UAS law titled “Drones: Their Many Civilian Uses and the U.S. Laws Surrounding Them.” Rupprecht said he wrote the book because there was nothing that provided an in-depth look on drone law. Given the ever-changing nature of UAS regulation, publishing in the e-book format gives him a great deal of flexibility in updating it as necessary.

Original UAS Magazine

Chicago Law Firm Expands Drone Law Practice Group to Offer Low-Cost Legal Services to Help Realtors Secure FAA Clearance to Fly Drones
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

Antonelli Law, a Chicago-based law firm that specializes in federal drone law, announced this week the launch of “Drone Democracy,” a lower-fee Section 333 service intended to help potential operators of commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) obtain legal clearance from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)’s commercial drone regulations. Created as a division of Antonelli Law’s Drone/UAS Practice Group, “Drone Democracy” exclusively serves commercial UAS users seeking FAA approval to operate drones for small-scale uses like residential real estate and nature photography.

Original PR Web Article


New York Times, ACLU Make Case For Access To Drone Strike Memos
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

The American Civil Liberties Union and the New York Times continued their fight in court Tuesday as they try to secure nine Department of Justice memos they believe outline the federal government’s legal justification for tactical drone strikes that have killed hundreds — including U.S. citizens — across the world.Original BuzzFeed Article

South Africa Drone Laws Will Push All Of Africa To Forefront, Says Entrepreneur
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

Rules which come in on 1 July to permit drones will help to make Africa the world's biggest commercial operator and consumer 'within the next few years', according to Adam Rosman, founder of Aerial Monitoring Solutions.

Original Global Legal Post Article

Drone Bill Is First By N.J. Rep. Watson Coleman To Pass The U.S. House
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

WASHINGTON — Freshman U.S. Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman on Tuesday won House approval of legislation seeking a study on whether the private use of unmanned aircraft could pose security threats, her first bill to pass the chamber.

Original NJ.com Article

Are Lawyers Ready For Artificial Intelligence?
Created by: Tim Dennison
Posted: 07/01/2015

“Artificial Intelligence is a means of designing a system that can perceive its environment and take actions that will maximize its success.” -Tom Mighell Developments in Big Data, machine learning, IBM Watson, and other advancements in technology have brought back the cyclical discussion of what artificial intelligence might mean for lawyers. Has anything really changed, or have we just reached another round of the AI debate?

Original Legal Talk Network Article


Here's a Real-Life Law School Exam: Drone Departs Germany, Lands in Poland, and Delivers Abortion Pills Created by: Matt Henshon Posted: 06/30/2015

"The Abortion Drone departed from Germany and landed at the opposite side of the river in Slubice, Poland. While the drones were crossing the German/Polish border , the German Police tried to intervene but the drone pilots were able to safely land the drones at the Polish side. Two Polish women swallowed the abortion pills that were delivered to them by the drones. The German police confiscated the drone controllers and personal iPads. They threatened that there will be charges but it is totally unclear on what grounds. The German Polish already admitted that flying the drone over the border was not illegal but now want to test a violation of the Arzneimittelgesetz (medicines law). However as required by that law the medicines were provided on prescription by a doctor and both Poland and Germany are part of Schengen."

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Drones For Aerial Photography Open Market, Tests Law In Taiwan Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/24/2015

The Environmental Protection Bureau of Taichung in central Taiwan decided Monday to deploy cameras attached to drones in its efforts to catch those damaging air quality and jeopardizing road traffic safety by burning dry straw on open ground. It will be the first time the city has used this form of technology to catch polluters after patrol vehicles on the ground often fail to accomplish the task, bureau officials said. The drones can collect immediate data that can be relayed to ground patrols, which can then rush to the crime scene in time to apprehend the culprits, the officials added.

Original Want China Times Article

New York Man Acquitted in Drone-Surveillance Case Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/24/2015

A New York jury acquitted a man charged with using a drone to spy into windows of a doctor’s office, one of the first tests for how existing privacy laws apply to drones. David Beesmer, a 50-year-old mobile-home salesman in upstate New York, was found not guilty of attempted unlawful surveillance on Monday in local court in Ulster, N.Y. He faced a year in jail if convicted.

Original Wall St. Journal Article

California Reveals Details Of Self-Driving Car Accidents Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

California state officials released reports Thursday detailing six accidents that involved self-driving car prototypes, reversing a policy that had shielded details of how the next-generation technology is performing during testing on public roads. The disclosure came after the Associated Press successfully argued to the Department of Motor Vehicles that the agency was improperly withholding the information. According to the reports, most of the cars were in self-driving mode when the accidents happened, and the other driver caused the accident. None of the crashes were serious enough to injure the person the state requires to sit behind the wheel, and the reports say none of the people in the other cars were treated for injuries either.

Original LA Times Article

Nixon Peabody Associate Sees Drone Practice Take Wing Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

SAN FRANCISCO — Nixon Peabody associate Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta loves to fly—and to get his client's dreams off the ground. A former pilot, he's now helping clients secure Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permission to operate drones for commercial purposes. So far he's gotten clearance for Bay Area-based BioSensing Systems to use drones to survey crops, and for Nebraska-based engineering and design firm Olsson Associates to conduct aerial inspections of infrastructure projects. The Recorder caught up with Cloar-Zavaleta to learn more about his high- and low-flying practice.

Original Recorder Article

NLR Company First in Arkansas to Get FAA Approval for Commercial Drone Use Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

A North Little Rock company is the first in the state to receive Federal Aviation Administration approval to operate unmanned aerial systems commercially. Better known as drones, unmanned aerial systems (UAS) entail the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) and the pilot controls. Zane Anderson's Aerial Patrol Inc. has operated a commercial helicopter service out of the North Little Rock airport for decades, and it created Airborne Information Systems (AIS) to launch a drone service for businesses.

Original Arkansas Business Article

County Legislature Approves Restrictions On Drone Use Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

NEW CITY – The Rockland County Legislature broadly voted on Tuesday to approve a new set of county regulations which aim to prevent the illegal use of aerial drones. The law, which was subject to two public hearings and a re-write before it reached the body for a final vote, would require drone operators to obtain the permission of property owners who own land over which the small aircraft fly. The law would also restrict the use of drones on public lands unless a municipality gives permission to fliers. Flight of drones above other sensitive governmental buildings such as the Rockland County Jail and Sheriff’s complex, houses of worship, courts or sewer facilities is prohibited.

Original Rockland Times Article

Amazon Is Clearing A Flight Path Through Congress For Delivering With Drones Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

Before Amazon’s drone deliveries can take flight, the retail giant wants state and local regulators to step aside. Amazon’s Vice President of Global Public Policy, Paul Misener, told a congressional oversight committee on Wednesday that it was crucial for the Federal Aviation Administration to set federal oversight rather than leaving rule-making to states and municipalities. “Uniform federal rules must apply,” he said. The FAA offered the first federal guidelines governing the use of commercial drones, or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), on Feb. 15. While the draft rules were seen as a step toward unleashing the moneymaking potential of UAS, the policy has been challenged by privacy advocates and businesses bullish on drones.

Original BuzzFeed Article

Group Urges Drone Operators To Refuse Orders To Fly Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

A group that helped sponsor commercials urging drone pilots not to fly missions has launched a new effort to persuade drone operators to disobey their orders. KnowDrones.com has submitted a letter to media outlets that urges drone pilots and sensor operators to refuse to fly surveillance and kill missions.

Original Air Force Times Article

The Ever-Evolving Cyber Threat To Planes Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

Hackers and cyber-terrorists present an ever-evolving threat to airlines, with experts constantly testing for new vulnerabilities—including the fear that drones could be used to throw a plane off course. Most agree hacking a plane would be a near-impossible feat, but some professional hackers have claimed airline computer systems are riddled with weaknesses that could allow someone to break in, perhaps even through the in-flight entertainment system.

Original Phys.org Article

Japanese University Operns Center To Develop Automated Vehicles Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

A new research center bringing together academia, industry and government has opened at Japan’s Nagoya University, with the aim of developing automated driving technologies as one of its first key projects. At the Nagoya University National Innovation Complex (NIC), researchers from the university’s schools of engineering, medicine, environmental studies and information science will work closely with their counterparts from six private companies, including Toyota, Panasonic and Fujitsu. Built at a cost of ¥4bn (US$32.4m), the NIC is located in an eight-floor building on the university’s Chikusa Ward campus, and forms part of a project by Japan’s Ministry for Science and Technology to build regional research hubs around the country.

Original Traffic Technology Today Article

UK Launches Code Of Practice For Driverless Vehicle Trials Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/19/2015

To ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of autonomous vehicle development, a new set of rules has been released that will allow four cities to become test beds for driverless cars. The new code of practice was launched at the Imagine Festival, a government-backed event at its Transport Systems Catapult headquarters in Milton Keynes.

Original Traffic Technology Today Article

Robot Cops Near You Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/16/2015

After an exchange of gunfire on Saturday morning, in Dallas, Texas, an explosive ordnance disposal robot rolled up to a van parked outside of a fast food restaurant. James Boulware, the van’s occupant, is suspected of being involved in a midnight shootout at the headquarters of the Dallas Police Department hours earlier. According to a statement by Police Chief David Brown, the robot first confirmed that the suspect had been killed in the firefight before proceeding to test the van for possible explosives. These robots are a growing presence in police departments across the country, due largely to a Department of Defense program that transfers excess military equipment to American police. Some 201 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have at least one EOD robot thanks to the military’s 1033 Program.

Original Drone Center Article

California Man Swats Neighbor's Drone Out Of The Sky Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/16/2015

Original ABC News Video

Meet the New Generation of Robots for Manufacturing Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/15/2015

A new generation of robots is on the way—smarter, more mobile, more collaborative and more adaptable. They promise to bring major changes to the factory floor, as well as potentially to the global competitive landscape. Robots deployed in manufacturing today tend to be large, dangerous to anyone who strays too close to their whirling arms, and limited to one task, like welding, painting or hoisting heavy parts. The latest models entering factories and being developed in labs are a different breed. They can work alongside humans without endangering them and help assemble all sorts of objects, as large as aircraft engines and as small and delicate as smartphones. Soon, some should be easy enough to program and deploy that they no longer will need expert overseers.

Original Wall Street Journal Article

ICT And The Internet Open Lecture Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

ICT and the Internet have reached mobility arena. Vehicles have become computers on wheels and start sharing their information to further improve traffic. As a consequence, the changes within and around the vehicle will happen exponentially, as is common in every industry where ICT enters. Carlo van de Weijer, director of the strategic area 'Smart Mobility' of TU Eindhoven and also working for TomTom, will present about these so-called disruptive changes. With the example of the changing world of transportation, but with clear links to other industries.

Original High Tech Campus Eindhove Notice

A Surprising Number Of Americans Say They'd Be Up For Letting Driverless Cars Replace Humans On The Road Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

With Google’s self-driving cars hitting the public streets of Palo Alto this summer, American’s are engaging with the concept of taking their hands off the wheel more than ever before. And one study by the non-profit Eno Foundation showed that self-driving cars could potentially save more than 21,700 lives — not to mention $450 billion dollars a year. Even if some Google cars have been getting into accidents. But would people actually be willing to give up their right to drive in favor of potentially-safer driverless vehicles?

Original UK Business Insider Article

Self-Driving Cars Might Save You 100% On Car Insurance, Says Paper Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

How much privacy or freedom would motorists sacrifice in exchange for never having to pay another car insurance premium? A future of self-driving cars portends a further erosion of privacy and the demise of the automobile as a symbol of individual freedom. On the bright side, beyond the convenience of having your own robot chauffeur, it could also make auto-liability coverage obsolete.

Original Wall Street Journal Law Blog Article

Journalists, Gov’ts Square Off in Game of Drones Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

NEW YORK, Jun 5 2015 (IPS) - For some, the word “drone” immediately conjures up ominous phrases like “targeted assassination” and “precision strike.” Others, like the online retail behemoth Amazon, see the technology as way to rapidly deliver the goods to millions of customers. In truth, the potential applications are almost limitless. Drones are commonly used in law enforcement, scientific research, search and rescue, crop spraying and a host of other fields.

Original Inter Press Service Article

Forks Township Supervisors Discuss Possibility Of Drone Laws Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

Modern technology could allow drones, often used by children and hobbyists, to be used in ways that could be either dangerous or criminal. Forks Township supervisors at their Thursday night workshop meeting discussed concerns about the unmanned flying vehicles. Supervisor Dan Martyak said the township should consider creating ordinances for a technology that he believes will become more prevalent in the near future.

Original Lehigh Valley Live Article

Connected Vehicles Get A Boost With Introduction Of V2I Investment Act Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

The widespread introduction of connected vehicle technology has received a significant boost in the USA with the introduction of the Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 by US Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Roy Blunt (R-MO). The new bill authorizes states to use existing surface and highway transportation funding provided by the National Highway Performance Program (NHPP), the Surface Transportation Program (STP), and the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP), to invest in Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) projects as they upgrade highway infrastructure. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), V2I and its companion vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technologies have the potential to eliminate up to 80% of vehicle accidents involving non-impaired drivers once they are fully deployed.

Original Traffic Technology Today Article

Virginia Announces Autonomous Vehicle Development Initiative Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/09/2015

Virginia’s Governor, Terry McAuliffe, has announced a new initiative to make the state a leader in researching and developing automated-vehicle technology. The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) have entered into a new partnership with the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), toll road operator Transurban, and Nokia’s Here mapping unit, in order to create the Virginia Automated Corridors. The new scheme will streamline the use of Virginia roads and state-of-the-art test facilities for automated-vehicle testing, certification, and migration towards deployment.

Original Traffic Technology Today Article

10th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

10th Conference on Field and Service Robotics (FSR) June 24-26, 2015 Toronto, Canada.

Original FSR Notification

NASA And Verizon Plan To Monitor US Drone Network From Phone Towers Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

Verizon, the US’s largest wireless telecom company, is developing technology with Nasa to direct and monitor America’s growing fleet of civilian and commercial drones from its network of phone towers. According to documents obtained by the Guardian, Verizon signed an agreement last year with Nasa “to jointly explore whether cell towers … could support communications and surveillance of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) at low altitudes”.

Original The Guardian (UK) Article

German Federal Prosecutor Investigating US Actions On Drones Base Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

The German Federal Prosecutor is reported to have begun investigating a US base in Germany that is used as a ‘hub’ for drone strikes, days after a Yemeni man testified in a Cologne court about the 2012 strike that killed his relatives. According to a report in Der Spiegel, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office – Germany’s highest prosecuting authority – has launched a ‘monitoring process’ to ascertain whether activities at Ramstein, a US base in Germany, violate international law. The officials have reportedly requested documents from German authorities, including the Ministry of Defence, relating to the base – which was recently revealed to be a ‘hub’ for the facilitation of drone strikes in Yemen and elsewhere.

Original Ekklesia Article

Japan To Ban Drone Flights By Individuals In Residential Areas Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

The government plans to ban individuals from operating drones in densely populated residential areas after a remote-controlled craft was found on the roof of the prime minister's office building in April. An outline of the proposed rules on drones was endorsed at a liaison meeting of relevant government agencies on June 2. The government will submit a bill to amend the Aviation Law, which currently does not regulate the operation of small unmanned aircraft, for passage during the ordinary Diet session that is due to wind up June 24. According to the outline, only licensed drone operators will be allowed to fly the aircraft in densely populated residential areas and near airports. Individual users will be banned, in principle, from flying drones in these areas.

Original Asahi Shimbun Article

Drone on Drones: Justice Department Drone Policy Emphasizes Privacy and Transparency Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

Although contractors, real estate agents and others who want to use drones as a business tool are complaining that the Federal Aviation Administration is taking too long to legalize the small, unmanned aircrafts, the prolonged wait could be a chance for future “pilots” to educate themselves and prepare their companies for the new technology.

Original Construction Dive Article

Drone on Drones: Justice Department Drone Policy Emphasizes Privacy and Transparency Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/04/2015

Federal agencies deploying surveillance drones in domestic airspace will be required to conduct annual privacy reviews, the Department of Justice announced last week. The new policy aims to require DOJ employees to assess the relative intrusiveness of the proposed use of drones and balance it against the particular investigative need. The goal is to ensure that federal law enforcement officials use the least intrusive means to accomplish their operational needs.

Original JD Supra Business Advisor Article

Korea Enforces Flying Regulation On Drones Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

Flying drones can be an innocent hobby. But the miniature aircraft can pose a threat to people's privacy and safety, especially without proper supervision. According to Korea's transportation ministry, the number of illegal drone incidents jumped from ten cases in 2012 to 49 last year, mainly because people aren't aware of Korea's drone laws.

Original Arirang News Article

Drone Legislation Appears In State House Budget Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

State House leaders are applying a familiar strategy in their attempt to bring more clarity to the state’s unmanned aircraft system law. The legislation in House Bill 4, which passed the full chamber by a 106-5 vote April 29, has been included in the House budget for fiscal 2015-16. The Senate committee on Rules and Operations has not acted on the House bill since receiving it May 5.

Original Winston-Salem Journal

FAA Grants First Vt. Commercial Drone Permit To Startup Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

A Burlington company that develops software and hardware for unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, is the first company in Vermont to get a federal permit allowing the use of drones for commercial purposes. AirShark, a startup based in Burlington’s Generator maker space, received the state’s first Section 333 exemption permit from the Federal Aviation Administration. Current regulations prohibit the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, for commercial use, but AirShark’s Jon Burdreski said there are several potential uses for the technology.

Original Rutland Herald Article

Passenger Jet Nearly Collides With Drone In Midair; Lasers Target Planes Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

A passenger jet nearly collided midair with a drone at 2,700 feet as it approached New York's LaGuardia Airport on Friday, the Federal Aviation Administrationsays. The crew of Shuttle America Flight 2708 reported climbing 200 feet to avoid a collision as the plane made its final approach to the airport around 11 a.m., according to Newsday. The jet, with 70 to 78 passenger seats, was arriving from Washington, D.C., and landed safely without any reported injuries. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., said the incident should be a wake-up call for stricter limits on drone use.

Original USA Today Article

Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

The new Techstar powered Qualcomm Robotics Accelerator announced their first intake of 10 startups today. Startups receive $120k funding and participate in a 16 week program in San Diego where they have access to a range of mentors including Qualcomm experts, designs and technology. Startups can also leverage the Techstars network.

Original Qualcomm Accelerator Notification

Call For Robotic Startups Created by: Tim Dennison Posted: 06/01/2015

CALL FOR STARTUPS OPENS JUNE 1st 2015 (6am PST) Silicon Valley Robotics and Robohub are looking for robotics startups with innovative technologies and strong business models.


About the Committee

AI and Robotics are no longer topics of the distant future. AI software is used for underwriting mortgage loans and discovering new breakthrough pharmaceuticals. Our military flies drone planes, you can buy a Lexis that will parallel park for you or a Roomba to vacuum your floors. This committee addresses the legal issues that arise from such technologies.

This committee addresses all aspects of law and devices that replicate or appear to replicate human mental or physical activity - learning, reasoning, communicating, manipulating objects, etc.

Activity will be divided into two broad topic categories:

The first, use in legal activities, will address advances such as automated contract drafting and interpretation, compliance monitoring, and even law enforcement.

The second will track changes in statute, regulation, and case law about, or which specifically affect parties engaged in, artificial intelligence and robotics. As technology advances, the committee will address the challenges posed by ever smarter and more-dexterous machines that can out-perform humans.

The Committee will soon offer a listserv, on-line publications, and working groups. Webinars and teleconferences will follow.

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AI and Robotics are no longer topics of the distant future. AI software is used for underwriting mortgage loans and discovering new breakthrough pharmaceuticals. Our military flies drone planes, you can buy a Lexis that will parallel park for you or a Roomba to vacuum your floors. This committee addresses the legal issues that arise from such technologies.

This committee addresses all aspects of law and devices that replicate or appear to replicate human mental or physical activity - learning, reasoning, communicating, manipulating objects, etc.

Activity will be divided into two broad topic categories:

The first, use in legal activities, will address advances such as automated contract drafting and interpretation, compliance monitoring, and even law enforcement.

The second will track changes in statute, regulation, and case law about, or which specifically affect parties engaged in, artificial intelligence and robotics. As technology advances, the committee will address the challenges posed by ever smarter and more-dexterous machines that can out-perform humans.

The Committee will soon offer a listserv, on-line publications, and working groups. Webinars and teleconferences will follow.



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