Autonomous and Unmanned Systems

Is your business using autonomous or unmanned systems? Whether aerial drones, autonomous vehicles or unmanned ships and subs, your business wants to maximize the opportunity to produce revenue from the advantages of these cutting-edge technologies. But the seemingly endless possibilities for using these systems also present new legal complexities. The unmanned and autonomous systems team at CWM can help entrepreneurs, insurers, manufacturers, service providers, pilots and others stay ahead of the rapidly changing legal, risk and regulatory climate to excel in business.

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Unmanned Vehicle Systems - Commonwealth of Virginia (2018)



Virginia has published a guide for companies that are interested in doing autonomous systems work in the Commonwealth.

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> Unmanned Systems Industry in Virginia

Articles and Presentations

American Justice: At the Intersection of Legal Liability and Autonomous Systems, Presented at the 2nd Annual Unmanned Systems Conference (October 9-10, 2018), Sponsored by the AUVSI Ridge & Valley Chapter, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia

James L. Chapman, IV, Presenter, CLE Program: Tools, Toys and Torts:  What You Need to Know about Aerial Drones in Virginia, sponsored by Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association (September 20, 2018)

James L. Chapman, IV, Cultivating Trust in Autonomous Systems (October 27, 2017)

Industry Links

News and Updates
Stunning Cinematography of Mexico Filmed Entirely Using Drones
Posted on April 27, 2018
Stunning Cinematography of Mexico Filmed Entirely Using Drones The video used for this three-minute montage was filmed by Tarsicio Sañudo  using six different DJI drones over a period of several years.…...
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Oceans Unmanned Launches freeFLY Program
Posted on March 20, 2018
Oceans Unmanned Launches freeFLY Drone Program Oceans Unmanned, Inc., in partnership with NOAA Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS), with additional support from DJI and DARTdrones, unveiled a new initiative…...
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ASSURE UAS Airborne Collision Severity Evaluation Final Report
Posted on November 30, 2017
A3 Airbone Collision Presentation An FAA press conference presentation explaining why it is necessary to determine the potential severity of sUAS mid-air collisions with aircraft in order to define an Equivalent…...
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Autonomous systems innovators converge on Blacksburg
Posted on October 12, 2017
Unmanned systems, such as driverless cars and drones, become more visible every day. But does the public trust the technology? That question and others will challenge leaders in the field…...
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Intel Uses Drones, AI to Help Save Polar Bears and Whales
Posted on October 5, 2017
Today, on World Animal Day, Intel Corp. is announcing two successful wildlife research expeditions powered by artificial intelligence (AI) and drones. In two separate collaborations with a wildlife photographer and conservationist,…...
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