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 November 11, 2021
Autonomous Drones Can Now Zip Through The Woods At Insane Speeds Thanks to artificial intelligence, drones can now fly autonomously at remarkably high speeds, while navigating unpredictable, complex obstacles using only…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 4, 2021
Jetson Unveils Its Single-Seat ONE eVTOL Vehicle Swedish startup, Jetson, unveiled its Jetson ONE personal electric aerial vehicle for release to customers in 2022.  This eVTOL vehicle has flight times of…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 28, 2021
Self-driving Waymo Cars Gather In A San Francisco Neighborhood, Confusing Residents In a tiny neighborhood in San Francisco, self-driving Waymo cars have been converging at all hours of the day and…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on October 6, 2021
The Race Is On The fastest driverless speeds yet achieved will occur during the Indy Autonomous Challenge on October 23, 2021. Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots Insurance companies are increasing their investments…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 29, 2021
How robotics Will Transform The Workplace As We Know It As companies scramble to increase their reliance on robotics and automation, the workplace as we know it will undergo a series…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 10, 2021
Watch a Driverless Truck Operate 100 Percent Autonomously in Highway Traffic It’s not every day that you get to see a self-driving semi-truck going down the highway.  The autonomous vehicle craze…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on September 2, 2021
Autonomous Drones Could Speed Up Search And Rescue After Flash Floods, Hurricanes, And Other Disasters During disasters, it can be extremely dangerous to send in first responders, even though people may…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 23, 2021
”Ten Years Ago This Was Science Fiction”: The Rise Of Weedkilling Robots Carbon Robotics’ robot weeders—which are nearly three meters long, weigh 9,500 lbs, and resemble a car—clamber slowly across…...
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Eight Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® in America List
Posted on August 19, 2021
Norfolk, VA, — Crenshaw, Ware & Martin P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Best Lawyers has recognized four of the Firm’s attorneys as “Best Lawyers in America”, two as “Lawyer of…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 12, 2021
Nation's Largest Self-Driving Electric Shuttle Network Launches On August 10, 2021, the country’s biggest fleet of low-speed, self-driving electric shuttles were unveiled on Colorado’s School of Mines campus  in a major…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on August 4, 2021
Autonomous Quadrotor Beats Two Human Pilots In A Drone Race Researchers from the University of Zurich have created a new, faster algorithm that allowed an AI-powered drone to consistently beat human…...
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Developing an Ecosystem of Unmanned and Aerial Systems
Posted on August 3, 2021
            Virginia needs innovators and entrepreneurs to develop unmanned system capabilities (UxSs) to meet Virginia’s complex public safety needs.  That was the message delivered on July 28, 2021, when the…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 26, 2021
Self-Driving Store Hits the Road in California Santa Monica-based company, Robomart, has debuted its store-hailing platform.  This platform, the first of its kind, allows customers to hail an automated store on…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on July 8, 2021
Walmart Drone Delivery Soars Ahead The retail company announced that has invested in the drone service provider, DroneUp, to bring drone delivery to Walmart stores.  Walmart plans to open its first…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 16, 2021
A Robot Is Killing Weeds By Zapping Them With Electricity Tom, Dick and Harry— the name of three autonomous robots developed by the Small Robot Company—were developed to rid farmland of…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 10, 2021
Self-Driving Boats Could Be the Future Engineers are working towards creating autonomous water vehicles capable of transporting goods and people, which they call “roboats.” Aaaah! Why Are Researchers Teaching Drones to Listen…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on June 4, 2021
Slicing Up Pizza Robots Picnic, a pizza robot-maker, and other restaurant robotics companies are developing robots that incorporate artificial intelligence into the food-making process.  Such robots enable restaurants to make food…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 26, 2021
The VW ID. Buzz with Level 4 Autonomy is Scheduled to Begin Real-World Testing This Year Volkswagen has made a significant investment in Argo.AI, a US-based company created to build autonomous…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on May 12, 2021
Kroger and Drone Express Begin Testing a New Drone Grocery Delivery Program The two companies have begun testing drone grocery delivery in a pilot program as a part of Kroger’s goal…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 28, 2021
Fitness Drones Are Coming, If Inventors Can Get All The Kinks Out of Them The Traverse fitness drone, which is still in its conceptual phase, is intended to serve as…...
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Week in Review: Autonomous Roundup
Posted on April 15, 2021
Self-Driving Cars to Start Delivering Domino's Pizza in Houston Nuro, self-driving delivery company, is collaborating with Domino’s to introduce an entirely new delivery experience. Pentagon Consolidates Counter-UAS Programs as Menace Grows The military…...
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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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