May - June 2020
Two top banking lawyers, both with high-level experience as federal US government regulators, have joined the controversial project to create the Facebook-backed Libra blockchain digital currency. HSBC’s chief legal officer, Stuart Levey, was appointed the Libra Association’s first chief executive on 6 May, shortly before Robert Werner, was confirmed as general counsel on 19 May.Download Journal View Journal
January - February 2020
From Brussels to the Vatican: a bumper harvest for AI regulationA bumper harvest of consultation reports and papers in the opening months of 2020 has focused not just the industry but also popular attention on AI. The high-profile reports have come from the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Vatican.Download Journal View Journal
November / December 2019
Singapore robotics law hits the think-tank trail National University of Singapore (NUS) Law has launches a new Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Law. The new centre aspires to be an international thinktank that promotes inter- disciplinary research into the interactions between technology and the law. The new entity has been named the Centre for Technology, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence & the Law (TRAIL), a research unit under NUS Law.Download Journal View Journal
September / October 2019
India's first small category drone
The Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has certified the country’s first small category drone. Aarav Unmanned Systems’ (AUS) multicopter drone, called Insight, has been found compliant with the guidelines set by the DGCA under the No Permission, No Takeoff (NPNT) protocol.
July / August 2019
Adversarial machine learning
Researchers have discovered a method of “vaccinating” artificial intelligence (AI) from the latest wave of attacks. Hackers have been tricking AI systems using what is termed “adversarial attacks” where there is an added layer (the adversary) onto data, such as an extra layer of noise on an image.
May - June 2019
Unmanned airline takes flight
On April 23, it was announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded an Air Carrier Certification (Part 135) to Wing Aviation, the first drone delivery company to receive it. “This is an important step forward for the safe testing and integration of drones into our economy.
March - April 2019
Self-driving tests in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pensylvannia has been a hotbed of testing of self-driving cars. While Uber may have taken most of the headlines, four other notable companies have been present – Aptiv, Argo AI, Aurora, and Carnegie Mellon University.
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,
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.
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
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