European regulatory framework for person carrier robots

E. Fosch Villaronga, A. Roig

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Abstract

© 2017 E. Fosch Villaronga & A. Roig The aim of this paper is to establish the grounds for a future regulatory framework for Person Carrier Robots, which includes legal and ethical aspects. Current industrial standards focus on physical human–robot interaction, i.e. on the prevention of harm. Current robot technology nonetheless challenges other aspects in the legal domain. The main issues comprise privacy, data protection, liability, autonomy, dignity, and ethics. The paper first discusses the need to take into account other interdisciplinary aspects of robot technology to offer complete legal coverage to citizens. As the European Union starts using impact assessment methodology for completing new technologies regulations, a new methodology based on it to approach the insertion of personal care robots will be discussed. Then, after framing the discussion with a use case, analysis of the involved legal challenges will be conducted. Some concrete scenarios will contribute to easing the explanatory analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-520
JournalComputer Law and Security Review
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

Keywords

  • Care robot impact assessment
  • Human robot interaction (HRI)
  • Legal ethical societal issues (ELS)
  • Person carrier robots
  • Personal care robots
  • Regulatory framework

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