Legal framework for small autonomous agricultural robots

Basu, Subhajit and Omotubora, Adekemi and Fox, Charles (2018) Legal framework for small autonomous agricultural robots. AI and Society . pp. 1-22. ISSN 0951-5666

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Abstract

Legal structures may form barriers to, or enablers of, adoption of precision agriculture management with small autonomous
agricultural robots. This article develops a conceptual regulatory framework for small autonomous agricultural robots, from
a practical, self-contained engineering guide perspective, sufficient to get working research and commercial agricultural
roboticists quickly and easily up and running within the law. The article examines the liability framework, or rather lack of
it, for agricultural robotics in EU, and their transpositions to UK law, as a case study illustrating general international legal
concepts and issues. It examines how the law may provide mitigating effects on the liability regime, and how contracts can
be developed between agents within it to enable smooth operation. It covers other legal aspects of operation such as the use
of shared communications resources and privacy in the reuse of robot-collected data. Where there are some grey areas in
current law, it argues that new proposals could be developed to reform these to promote further innovation and investment
in agricultural robots

Keywords:legal, robotics, agriculture
Subjects:H Engineering > H100 General Engineering
Divisions:College of Science > School of Computer Science
ID Code:32026
Deposited On:28 Jun 2018 14:26

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