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 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
Like your business, our law firm is dealing with a rapidly changing workplace environment as COVID-19 continues to impact our daily lives and operations. Recent amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act,…...
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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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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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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 15, 2020
This Week’s Highlight - Our favorite report this week shows us how Hyundai and Uber are teaming up to develop a line of flying taxis , which aims to expand…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 9, 2020
This week's highlight - Our favorite report this week highlights Honda’s “Augmented Driving Concept” being presented at CES this month! An open-top roadster will feature different driving modes ranging…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on January 2, 2020
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week takes us to the drone race track! Strapped with goggles looking through the onboard First Person View camera, racers compete…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 26, 2019
This Week’s Highlight – Our favorite report this week is about how our ‘safe’ autopilot features are turning us into more distracted drivers! AAA warns that drivers who regularly use driver assistance…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 19, 2019
This Week's Highlight - Our favorite report this week is going to the races! One of the world’s top drone pilots recently took on an autonomous drone in a contest designed…...
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Week in Review - Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 11, 2019
This Week's Highlight - With the Holiday shopping season in full swing, our favorite report this week is NCDOT publishing a list of tips to help you Fly Safe and Legal…...
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Week in Review—Autonomous Roundup
Posted on December 4, 2019
This Week’s Highlight - Our favorite report this week is the team at IntelligentUAS showing different outlandish ways to cook a Turkey using a drone! Some of the methods should not…...
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Week in Review—Autonomous Roundup
Posted on November 27, 2019
This Week’s Highlight Our favorite report this week is Disney testing “SUV-sized” X-Wing Drones at it’s park outside of their Hollywood Studios! Rumor is these drones will be used for the…...
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3rd Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium
Posted on October 17, 2019
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C. is proud to sponsor the 3rd Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium in Blacksburg, VA. Jim Chapman UAS Practice Group Chair, focuses on creating sustainable and viable…...
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1st Annual Unmanned Systems Symposium and Aerospace Gala
Posted on October 16, 2019
AUVSI will hold a two day symposium on October 24th and 25th at the Hampton Roads Convention Center that will focus on highlighting the existing capabilities as well as the…...
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First National Drone Safety Awareness Week
Posted on October 14, 2019
The FAA and DOT will kick off the first National Drone Safety Awareness Week, November 4th, 2019. Join us in calling national attention to drone safety in government,…...
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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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