January - February 2019
Chaos in Gatwick
Hundreds of flights were cancelled between 19 and 21 December last year at Gatwick airport in the UK, following reports of drone sighting near the runway. An estimated 140,000 passengers were affected by the incident, as well as over 1,000 flights. On the request of Sussex Police, the Army was deployed on 20 December to help deal with the situation.
November - December 2018
Misleading drone crash video angers DJI
Leading drone manufacturer DJI has written a letter to the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) asking it to withdraw a misleading video and blog post about collisions between drones and traditional aircraft.
September - October 2018
Amnesty calls on UN to ban “killer robots” Amnesty International has called upon countries to ban fully autonomous weapons systems. The call came on the first day of the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems meeting.Download Journal View Journal
July - August 2018
European Drone Rules A Step Closer
Regulatory standards on drones are one step closer in Europe following approval by MEPs of an agreement between the Council and Parliament reached to revise the powers of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).
May - June 2018
Skycatch and DJI's Big Deal
DJI, the world leader in consumer drone technology, demonstrated its continued partnership with commercial drone data company Skycatch with the announcement of the largest commercial drone order in history.
March - April 2018
Korea Launches First UTM System
Japanese commercial drone service company Terra Drone has commercialised an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system for the first time in Korea.
January - February 2018
LAANC Launches Across the US
The Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) is set to fully launch the long-awaited system to expedite authorisations for operating drones. It released the first prototype of the Low Altitude Authorisation and Notification Capability (LAANC) system in October and will now release the beta version across the US. According to the FAA’s release: “LAANC is an industry developed application with the goal of providing drone operators near real time processing of airspace notifications and automatic approval of requests that are below approved altitudes in controlled airspace.”
November - December 2017
US Drone Regulation Receives a Boost
The US Department of Transportation has unveiled the UAS Integration Pilot Program and has generated significant interest in the drone industry. President Trump signed the order in November, and it has been launched by Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The objective of the program is to move forward drone regulation in the US, with a particular focus on creating a role for both state and local governments in regulating the industry. So far, regulation of drones has been very patchy, with many state and local laws interfering with each other, and limiting the federal powers.
Autonomous Legislation Opens US Roads
The SELF DRIVE (Safely Ensuring Lives Future Development and Research in Vehicle Evolution) bill has been passed by the US House of Representatives, with unusually bipartisan support. The bill lays out a basic federal framework for autonomous vehicle regulation, showing that self-driving cars have come into federal lawmakers’ attention.
July - August 2017
Experts Warn of AI Pandora's Box
The UN's Conference of the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) has established a Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS), a move which has been applauded by experts around the globe. However, an open letter has been penned to the group in the Future of Life Institute, warning about the dangers that artificial intelligence (AI) might pose. Unsurprisingly,
May - June 2017
Fake Drone News
There has been a rapid increase in the number of news stories reporting drones almost colliding with civilian aircraft, usually due to an operator flying outside of the regulations. But is it really happening? It turns out that “drones” as a term, may be being used too freely when reporting these near misses.
March / April 2017
Budget boost for AI in the UK
Self- driving cars and AI received a boost from the Chancellor Philip Hammond in the budget, with a £270m investment fund for 'disruptive technologies that have the potential to transform the UK economy'.
WIPO Develops AI Translation Tool for Patent Documents The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has developed a ground-breaking new “artificial intelligence”- based translation tool for patent documents, handing innovators around the world the highest-quality service yet available for accessing information on new technologies.Download Journal View Journal
Drones to replace insurance loss adjusters
Insurance is a sector able to make good use of UAVs. One startup from LA is utilising the technology to good effect, to create a new type
of streaming service for the use of insurers.
Tesla autopilot under scrutiny
Tesla is being investigated by US authorities following a series of crashes. Under particular scrutiny is the car’s autopilot feature, which failed to detect the white side of a tractor in the next lane in the brightly-lit conditions in May’s fatal crash in Florida.
Euro 2016 No Fly Zones
The ten host stadiums have been declared no-fly zones at this year’s European football championship, starting in France on 10th June.
UK Select Committee launches inquiry into Robotics and Artificial Intelligence The Science and Technology Committee is undertaking an inquiry into robotics and artificial intelligence.Download Journal View Journal
Robotics poised for new era as US prepares to publish drone rules. The robotics sector moves into a new era in 2016 when the US's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issues its rules for the flying of drones.Download Journal View Journal
Change in direction in the air for drone regulators. The Swedish Transport Agency - one of the most experienced drone regulators in the world - has hinted that it could move away from requiring all commercial flights to be licensed and instead use a more risk-based system which makes no distinction between private and commercial use.Download Journal View Journal
Both in-house and professional practice lawyers are expected to be consulted in large numbers as the market for drones, driverless cars, AI, virtual reality and other forms of robotics develops. Robotics Law Journal, the new title from The Global Legal Post, covers the development of national and international regulation and also aims to help lawyers and regulators to frame the regulation as it develops.Download Journal View Journal
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