Legal Issues for Mobile Servant Robots

Eduard Fosch Villaronga, Gurvinder S. Virk

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This paper identifies key legal issues which are emerging for Mobile Servant Robots (MSRs), a sub-type of Personal Care Robots (PCR) defined in ISO 13482. New cases are likely to be introduced in the market soon even though appropriate and specific binding legal regulations regarding MSRs are missing and several questions need to be carefully considered. The main issues of concern are the need for a concrete and holistic definition of MSR, clarification on the confusion among new emerging ISO/IEC robot categories (especially between boundaries and gaps in machinery with medical device regulations), unclear liability scenarios (avoiding harm, prospective liability, butterfly effect), defining and regulating human-robot collaborations and relationships, ethical issues (mass surveillance, post-monitoring personal data), autonomy (from the robot but also from the user perspective), isolation scenarios, etc. Despite the recent technical advances, there is still a long way ahead and further research is needed to overcome a variety of associated legal and ethical issues which are emerging
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Robot Design and Intelligent Control
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 25th Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region (RAAD16)
EditorsAleksandar Rodic, Theodor Borangiu
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-49058-8
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-49057-1
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jun 2017
Event25th Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2016 - Belgrade, Serbia
Duration: 30 Jun 20162 Jul 2016
Conference number: 16

Publication series

NameAdvances in intelligent systems and computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference25th Conference on Robotics in Alpe-Adria-Danube Region, RAAD 2016
Abbreviated titleRAAD


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  • IR-103226


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