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 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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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 14, 2020
Japanese startup creates 'connected' face mask for coronavirus new normal As face coverings become the norm amid the coronavirus pandemic, Donut Robotics has developed an internet-connected “smart mask” that can transmit…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 7, 2020
StoreDot’s New UFC Platform Charges Drones in 5 Minutes Typically, it takes 60 to 90 minutes to recharge a drone battery for another 30 minutes of flight time.  This Israeli company…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 31, 2020
Texas Stadiums Helping Fight Coronavirus with Disinfectant-spraying Drones Stadiums are looking for ways to bring fans back to the stands in time for fall sports despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, leading…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 22, 2020
Crop-spraying Drone Brings New Life to Sugarcane Farm A farm in South Africa completed a successful trial of crop-spraying drones over selected sections of it’s farm, bringing new life to the…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 2, 2020
Self-Driving Forklifts Revolutionize Warehouses Forklift operation involves complex three-dimensional decision making requiring vigilant attention to the operating environment, creating big challenge to full automation. California start up Third Wave Automation has…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 5, 2020
U.S. Navy Planning $12B in Unmanned Platforms The U.S. Navy spending plans of the US Navy reveal $8B for aerial drones and $2B each for surface and underwater vehicles. Volvo Partnering with Luminar…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 21, 2020
U.S. Construction Firm is Raising Buildings via Drone One of the largest U.S. privately held construction companies is using drones and 360-cameras to share critical project data to teams dispersed across…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 15, 2020
New Innovation Advisory Board to Boost NATO Maritime Unmanned Systems Initiative This diverse board of experts seeks to explore how unmanned systems can be effectively integrated across the maritime domain above,…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 6, 2020
This Week's Highlight Our favorite article of the week highlights how lessons from wildlife is influencing drone design! Image source: BBC News/Getty Images Company creates drones that can detect COVID-19 symptoms Dragonfly is creating…...
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Week in Review – Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 4, 2020
This Week's Highlight Our favorite report of the week showcasing the ongoing work by MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) using input from muscle signals to control devices! Image Source: Photo…...
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Video Conferencing Best Practices
Posted on April 24, 2020
Video Conferencing Best PracticesDownload With many employees transitioning from the office to teleworking from home, video conferencing has surged in popularity and demand. Wherever your work takes you, consider these best…...
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Week in Review – Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 22, 2020
This Week's Highlight Even during the lock down, essential workers still need to go to work. Our favorite report this week is from MIT and demonstrates how AI could detect and…...
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Week in Review – Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 16, 2020
This Week's Highlight The ability to detect infectious and respiratory conditions quickly and efficiently is at the top of the pandemic wish list. Our favorite report this week gives us…...
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Week in Review – Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 9, 2020
This Week's Highlight Coronavirus has been our new reality and the topic of every conversation. Our favorite report this week shows us 5 ways Drones are being used to fight…...
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Paid Family and Sick Leave: How it Works in the Era of Coronavirus
Posted on March 28, 2020
Paid Family and Sick Leave: How it Works in the Era of CoronavirusDownload Like your business, our law firm is dealing with a rapidly changing workplace environment as COVID-19 continues to…...
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Week in Review – Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 25, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week brings a little smile in such uncertain times. During the coronavirus lock-down, guy uses a drone to ask out…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 19, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week shows us how drones can produce some astounding aerial photos that can pass for amazing abstract art!  Thursday, March 19,…...
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Teleworking Data Security Tips
Posted on March 16, 2020
Teleworking Data Security TipsDownload Teleworking data-security is essential to protecting company data when employees are working at remote locations.  Consider these simple tips to encourage your company and employees to maintain…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on March 4, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week about a new, but not so far-fetched, reality. Elon Musk advises U.S. Air Force General to prepare for space warfare.…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 26, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week about Stan, a fully autonomous outdoor parking valet at select airports in Europe. Stan uses various autonomous technologies to move cars…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 20, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week about a blind man being rescued after a police drone found him in the woods. He had been missing for 33 hours! Wednesday,…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 12, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week explores the first of its kind, a self-driving vehicle designed without basic human controls!  Wednesday, February 12, 2020 | Week in Review…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on February 6, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week demonstrates new autonomous technology to help drones dodge other air traffic!  Thursday, February 6, 2020 | Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup …...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 31, 2020
This Week's Highlight - What better way to kick off the new year than with a new drone! Our favorite report this week is PC Magazine’s list of Best Drones for…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 23, 2020
This Week’s Highlight - The Decade-Long Self-Driving Honeymoon is Over. What’s Next? Bloomberg Law: Big-law policy advisors throw cold water on autonomous driving hype. Thursday, January 23, 2020 | Week…...
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