Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Autonomous Transportation Systems


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.

AI Resources

News & Insights

Legal Updates:

U.S. DOT Releases Updated Autonomous Vehicle Policy

NTSB Shares Investigation Findings and Recommendations Regarding March 2018 Uber ATG Fatality

Latest Update to Eckert Seamans’ Autonomous Vehicle Legislative Survey

Lyft Releases Data Set on Level 5 Autonomous Vehicles and Hosting Competition on Use of Data

National Institute of Standards and Technology Seeking Comments on Development of Artificial Intelligence Standards

FDA Proposes New Regulatory Framework of AI-Based Software as a Medical Device

SAE, Ford, GM, and Toyota Form Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium — Self-Driving Safety Partnership

Tesla Lawsuit Claims Ex-Employee Misappropriated Trade Secrets

AAA Survey Reveals Driver Fears with Autonomous Vehicles

A New Federal Council Aims to Help Advance Autonomous Vehicle Technology

Pittsburgh Mayor Signs Executive Order Regarding Autonomous Vehicle Testing

FDA Educating to Improve Regulatory Review of AI-Driven Technology

Apple Awarded Patent for Augmented Safety Restraint

The Convergence of AI and Medicine: A Physician’s View

Creating a Framework to Measure Safety in Autonomous Vehicles

Automotive Manufacturers, Technology Companies Among Those Teaming Up to PAVE the Way for Autonomous Vehicle

Uber Resumes Testing of Its Autonomous Vehicles After Significant Changes to Its Safety Plan

Artificial Intelligence and Corporate Governance Issues

Lyft Granted Patent for “Talking Cars”

FDA and Artificial Intelligence in Digital Health Innovation

Other News and Insights



Product Liability


Speaking Engagements

  • 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.