Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Autonomous Transportation Systems

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Learn more about emerging legal and business developments in AI, robotics, and autonomous transportation systems on Eckert Seamans’ Artificial Intelligence law blog.



Artificial Intelligence (AI), simply put, is the use of science and engineering to create increasingly capable intelligent systems that will benefit society. AI will not supplant human intelligence, rather, it will augment our intellectual reach. In the process, AI will enable the creation of safer, more efficient, and more reliable systems that will, in many instances, drive down societal costs associated with mistakes in human behavior. This is particularly true in the area of autonomous transportation systems – highly autonomous and intelligent systems represent the future of mobility.

We recognize that AI-driven systems touch nearly every aspect of our lives – from smart trains, planes, and automobiles using autonomous transportation systems to cell phone technology and wireless technology using V2V and V2I networks, infotainment and gaming, nano-technology, medical devices, surgical robots, pharmaceuticals, and food. It is impacting the delivery of legal services, manufacturing – robotics, health care delivery (diagnosis and treatment), DNA synthesis sequencing and genomics, banking and finance, online retail sales and customer service, predictive purchasing, and applications for smart homes.

AI is guiding, perhaps driving, these industries into the future and along the way, the companies that are developing the underlying AI technology, as well as the industries utilizing this technology, require the advice of capable legal counsel. Eckert Seamans is a firm of diverse practice groups who work collaboratively across our offices to develop solutions for companies developing or utilizing AI technology. We have represented companies in these industries by providing advice in the following areas:

  • Product Liability/Commercial Litigation & Counseling
  • Cybersecurity, Data Security, and Privacy
  • Insurance/Risk Management
  • Regulatory/Government Affairs
  • Intellectual Property/Software Technology & Licensing
  • Aviation & Unmanned Aircraft Systems
  • Transportation/Public Transit
  • Telecommunications
  • Health Care
  • Labor/Employment and Employee Benefits
  • Municipal Law & Governance
  • Environmental, Health, and Safety
  • Alternative Energy/Renewables & Clean Technology

Our primary focus is on providing these services to meet the needs of robotics/software engineering companies developing AI technology and manufacturers that employ this technology in the automotive, trucking, rail, aviation, agricultural, and maritime industries as well as manufacturing companies using AI/robotic technology in the medical device, pharmaceutical, health care, consumer product, food product, and industrial product, chemical and heavy industries.

To learn more about legal developments in the fields of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous transportation systems; legal issues on subjects that relate to these fields; and commentary about how the law might impact each of those cutting-edge areas of technology, please subscribe to Eckert Seamans’ Artificial Intelligence Law Blog and follow us on Twitter (@EckertSeamansAI).


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  • Dennis P. Ziemba served as a panelist for “A Design Process for Autonomous Vehicle Decision-making Frameworks,” and Steven R. Kramer for “Advanced Driver Assistance Systems” at the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Fall Conference, November 2018.
  • Edward A. Gray and Thomas J. Sweeney served as panelists during “Autonomous Vehicles and Products Action Group” at the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC) Spring Conference, April 2018.