European Commission outlined next steps towards new EU rules in robotics
Robots will one day live among us. That’s not a secret anymore. Just like couples, when people live or work together, a legal framework is required or at least, highly recommended. Even better if it can be adopted at the EU level. Indeed, robots, drones, smart cars, etc. raise numerous liability issues, but not only. In February, the European Commission voted in favour of a new proposed legislation. But is the law ready for it?
You are certainly a big fan of the HBO's sci-fi/western drama TV show : "Westworld”; the amusement park where robots and humans live together, until the day a “bug” disrupts the robots and detracts the functioning of the park.
This park is perhaps the European Union of tomorrow... (and I’m not talking about Brexit) ; an anticipative legislative instrument in robotics would therefore be welcome.
Recently, the European Parliament's Committee on Legal Affairs ("JURI") asked the European Commission in a Report to look at new EU-wide rules in robotics. On February 16, 2017, the European Commission voted in favour of this future legislative instrument. Exciting, right!?
What’s in this future legislative instrument?
- A proposal for a directive on civil law rules
- A legal status?
- The establishment of a new Agency and a Charter on Robotics
- Rules on liability
- Rules on protection of data and privacy
- Rules on intellectual property