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.

Our attorneys provide legal advice and services covering a range of issues surrounding the commercial use, ownership, development, insurance and manufacturing of autonomous and unmanned systems, including aerial drones, vehicles and vessels.

In addition to the above services, are experience and team of attorneys allow us to guide you through the following areas:

  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance (Coverage and Defense)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Business Disputes
  • Damage and Personal Injury
  • Product Liability, Loss Control and Risk Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Company Formation
  • Registered Agent Services

 

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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
Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 8, 2021
Genesis Sends Up 3,281 Drones In Record-Breaking Drone Show The company put on the record-breaking drone light show to celebrate its entry into China markets. Valkyrie Drone Launches Even Smaller Drone From…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 1, 2021
Drone In Your Home? The Telehealth Industry Is Getting a Makeover A group of inventors at the University of Cincinnati are developing a drone that can be used to conduct virtual…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 25, 2021
Meet The Oregon Robot That Could Change Package Delivery As We Know It Agility Robotics makes bipedal robots, with arms and legs, that will be used in junction with autonomous vehicles…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 18, 2021
Most Americans Are Not Ready for Self-Driving Cars While most Americans are ready to embrace new vehicle technology, the majority are not yet ready for their car to drive itself. US Army…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 11, 2021
Your Self-Driving Car Still Isn't Ready—Smarter Roads Might Change That Challenges still limit self-driving cars when it comes to identifying potential hazards on the road, such as identifying puddles and seeing…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 4, 2021
Volkswagen To Accelerate Autonomous Commercial Vehicle Development Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles (VWCV) is accelerating its autonomous and electric driving development projects, with an aim at introducing its autonomous systems for traffic use…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 24, 2021
Your Ride Is Here! Waymo Brings Self-Driving Taxis to San Francisco in New Test Waymo, the autonomous driving unit of Google parent Alphabet will being testing its driverless taxi service with…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 18, 2021
Self-Driving Cars Won’t Go Mainstream Until We Solve This Problem There is a major problem that needs to be addressed before we can let our cars do all the driving for…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 10, 2021
The Apple Car May Be a Self-Driving Vehicle Built in the U.S. by Kia Apple is closing in on a deal with Kia to bring its self-driving vehicle to market by…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 3, 2021
Robot Boats and Drones Will Test Outer Banks Oyster Beds for Water Pollution In an effort to save oyster farmers from losing about a quarter of their annual earnings, a team…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 27, 2021
Amazon's Zoox Unveils Electric Self-driving Robotaxi Amazon-owned autonomous vehicle firm, Zoox, has unveiled an electric autonomous carriage-style robot taxi that is capable of moving up to 75mph with four people seated…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 11, 2021
Drones Become More Trendy in the Construction Industry The construction industry is ushering in a new line of equipment this new year. Whether it’s investigating a leaky roof or scouting out…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 4, 2021
Apple Targets Production of Self-Driving Cars by 2024 and Eyes ‘Next Level’ Battery Technology The software company is moving forward with self-driving car technology, and will produce a passenger vehicle that…...
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Virginia Business Announces 21st Anniversary “Legal Elite”
Posted on December 30, 2020
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 21, 2020
Self-Driving Robotaxis Are Taking Off in China The world has been inching toward fully autonomous cars for years.  In China, one company just got even closer to making it a reality. …...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 14, 2020
Ford’s Self-Driving Vehicles Deliver Food and School Supplies to Families in Need As the car company prepares to launch a commercial fleet of self‑driving vehicles, Ford is learning from recent experiences…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 7, 2020
Drones Have Raised the Odds and Risks of Small Wars Drone Warfare: the success of unmanned aerial vehicles in recent conflicts could tempt more countries to go on the offensive. Self-driving Taxis…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 25, 2020
Walmart Using Drones to Deliver At-Home Coronavirus Test Kits The company partnered with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp to launch trial deliveries of the self-collection kits in New York and Texas. University Tests…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 20, 2020
Sony Prepares to Enter the Drone Game with Airpeak The consumer products giant accounted that it is entering the drone market with a new brand. U.S. Army Looks at Mass Recharging for…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 6, 2020
Walmart is Giving Up on Shelf-Scanning Robots in Favor of Humans The retail giant has ended a contract with Bossa Nova Robotics.  They found that humans could do the job just…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 30, 2020
Paramedics in Manned Drones to Save More Lives Falck, a global provider of emergency medical services, has plans to make manned drones an integral part of its fire and emergency medical…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 26, 2020
Boeing’s Unmanned Combat Jet Edges Closer to First Flight The aerospace giant has announced that its Loyal Wingman unmanned, fighter-like jet, is one step closer to its first flight after…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 19, 2020
China Conducts Test of Massive Suicide Drone Swarm from Truck-mounted Launcher China shows off its ability to rapidly launch 48 weaponized drones from the back of a truck, as well as…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 12, 2020
The Mayflower Autonomous Ship: Pushing The Boundaries Of Self-Driving Robot Ships On Our Oceans The concept of crewless ships is one of the great promises of automation.  It has become…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 2, 2020
Dive Technologies Completes Build of Full-Scale Commercial Large Displacement Unmanned Undersea Vehicle The Boston-based subsea robotics designer and manufacturer announced recently on Linkedin that they’ve begun sea testing their commercial AUV,…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 18, 2020
Robot Dogs Join US Air Force Exercise Giving Glimpse at Battlefield of the Future The electronic canines are just one link in what the US military calls the Advanced Battle Management…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 11, 2020
Walmart Testing Drones for Deliveries Walmart has launched a pilot program using drones to deliver groceries and household essentials in Fayetteville, North Carolina. U.S. Army Researchers Explore Using Self-Healing Materials for Autonomous…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 8, 2020
Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake Driverless ships don’t have to worry about crowded roads. And they don’t need bunks – or toilets. Drone-in-a-box takes over aerial security High tech, highly…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 31, 2020
The U.S. Navy Plans to Foil Massive ‘Super Swarm’ Drone Attacks by Using the Swarm’s Intelligence against Itself The Navy is developing both offensive and defensive tactics for “Super Swarms” of…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 21, 2020
US military investigating report of possible drone flying close to Air Force One The Air Force's 89th Airlift Wing is reviewing a report after people traveling aboard Air Force One on…...
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